Police investigating a break-in at the home of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have released images of “person of interest.”
The Ottawa Police Service published the images, which were said to be from a security camera, on Friday morning. They were accompanied by a terse statement that “the Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit is seeking public assistance to identify a person of interest in relation to a recent nighttime prowling incident in the Rockliffe area.”
(Watch the footage released by Ottawa police here.)
Mr. Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, and the couple’s three children were sleeping last Saturday morning when an intruder slipped into the family home in Ottawa’s Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood. A source close to the Liberal Leader said a threatening note warning the family to lock their doors was left atop several large knives on the kitchen floor. A door – the one least accessible from the street – had been left unlocked, the source said.
The Liberal Leader has since asked the RCMP for a threat assessment.
The RCMP’s Protective Operations unit is responsible for shielding senior federal leaders, such as the Prime Minister, the Governor-General and their families. The Official Opposition Leader, currently the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, doesn’t have a personal security detail outside of election periods, an NDP source said.
With a report from Kathryn Blaze Carlson