A high-ranking officer of the Sûreté du Québec and his father, former star defenseman of the Montreal Canadiens Guy Lapointe, have been the targets of several death threats that police believe are coming from the Hells Angels or their supporters. The threats were reportedly made on Thursday.
According to the Journal de Montreal, the SQ has been seriously investigating the events since Thursday morning, following the receipt of a letter of "unequivocal death threats" against its director of communications, inspector Guy Lapointe, son of the famous defender.
In addition to threatening the officer of the SQ, the message sent to the police headquarters was "clearly" targeting his famous father of the same name, according to the sources who spoke to the Journal de Montreal.
"An investigation is underway. It is clear that these threats are taken seriously," confirmed sergeant Ann Mathieu, as translated from French. She also added, without specifying what had been done to protect Lapointe and his son, that "appropriate measures have been taken" to ensure the safety of both victims.
These threats are reported to come from bikers or sympathizers of the biking crew because of obvious references to the Hells Angels in the message, the Journal de Montreal was told. The Sûreté du Québec does not want to reveal the exact content of the letter so it does not interfere with its investigation.
However, it was reported that its authors have highlighted the number "81" - the 8 corresponds to the 8th letter of the alphabet, the H, while the 1 represents the first, the A, for Hells Angels. The tag "Support 81" often appears on promotional clothing that this gang of bikers sells to the general public.
The Journal attempted to reach Inspector Lapointe on Freuda, he however did not want to comment on the case. He did want to share the following message:
"I do not intend to be intimidated and I will continue to do my job."
A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1993, Guy Lapointe Sr., who is now 70 years old, currently works as a recruiter for the Minnesota Wild. He won six Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, in 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979.
He also declined to comment the case.