December 9, 2015 6:35 pm
Updated: December 10, 2015 3:00 am

1 suspect in custody after hateful graffiti spree in Calgary train station

WATCH ABOVE: One person has been arrested in connection to the graffiti vandalism at the Tuscany LRT station and the other had been identified. The community is reacting to the arrests. Jayme Doll reports.


CALGARY – Police said Wednesday one man is in custody related to a racist graffiti spree that targeted Calgary’s Tuscany CTrain station Thursday night. Investigators called it a hate-motivated crime, and released photos from surveillance video Tuesday to aid in the investigation.

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Words including “F__k Muslim Goofs,” “f__k Syria,” and “f__k Syrian ‘refs’’’ were spray painted throughout the northwest station and parking lot. The graffiti included white power symbols. A walkway ramp from the parking lot to the upper level platform and a southbound CTrain were also hit, along with five vehicles in the station’s south parking lot.

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Brian Durocher owns one of the cars that was vandalized. He said Wednesday he’s glad police are treating the case seriously.

“I think we should be discussing the fears and concerns people have about the refugee crisis, but we need to do that in a constructive way, and this wasn’t constructive,” Durocher said. “It is sending a message that this isn’t acceptable and I’m glad they pursued this.”

Calgary police are investigating after several graffiti messages with derogatory messages to Syrians and Muslims were sprayed around the city on December 3, 2015.

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A second suspect is still on the loose. He is described as a Caucasian man in his 20s to early 30s, approximately 5’10” to 6’.

“I think that sometimes teenagers do stupid things, and they regret it afterwards,” Durocher said. “When it’s a grown person, I’m sorry, but you have no excuse.

“These are really poorly-educated people. I mean, they didn’t even spell Muslim correctly. Personally, I was thinking, ‘this is not someone who is very intelligent who is doing this.’”

Anyone with information about is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

READ MORE: Calgarians spread messages of love at LRT station where hateful graffiti appeared

Calgary police released CCTV footage photos Dec. 8, 2015 after an anti-Syria graffiti spree at Caglary’s Tuscany LRT station.

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With files from Global’s Tracy Nagai

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