Montreal police praise teen who helped arrest alleged sexual predator in Lachine

Livia Rodrigues-Hébert, 17, is being acknowledged by Montreal police after her act of bravery led to the arrest of an alleged dangerous sexual predator.

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The teenager, who works at a gym in Lachine, was in the bathroom when she noticed a hand holding a cellphone peeking out from under the stall.

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Believing that the suspect was filming young girls as they used the bathroom, Rodrigues-Hébert grabbed the phone.

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The suspect confronted her and asked for his phone back. Rodrigues-Hébert refused and briskly pushed past the man as he attempted to block her from leaving the bathroom.

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Montreal police say they want to emphasize the teen’s “exemplary courage and self-control, which allowed for the preservation of evidence essential in the laying of charges.”

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The force notes that her help in identifying the alleged sexual predator was pivotal in his arrest.

Rodrigues-Hébert was given the award by the child pornography and luring division of the force’s Major Crimes Sexual Exploitation Unit.

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