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Calgary police charge one, arrest second man for hateful graffiti spree

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

CALGARY – One man has been charged, and a second man is now in custody with charges pending related to a hateful graffiti spree at a northwest Calgary CTrain station one week ago.

Police confirm they are the men seen in surveillance photos released by police Tuesday to aid in the investigation.

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

Miguel Lavergne, 30, of no fixed address, has been charged with six counts of public mischief. Police say the Crown prosecutor has yet to determine if hate charges will apply in this case. Police previously said a charge of public incitement of hate was possible.

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Lavergne is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 25, 2016.

The second accused is facing the same offences but has yet to see a Justice of the Peace and have the charges formally laid.

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

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

Police have called this a hate-motivated crime targetting Muslims and Syrian refugees.

The words included “F__k Muslim Goofs,” “f__k Syria,” and “f__k Syrian ‘refs’’’ and were spray painted throughout the Tuscany station and parking lot. The graffiti also 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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One of five vehicles spray painted with hate graffiti Dec. 3, 2015. Nancy Hixt / Global News
Calgary police are investigating after several graffiti messages with derogatory messages to Syrians and Muslims were sprayed around the city on December 3, 2015.
Calgary police are investigating after several graffiti messages with derogatory messages to Syrians and Muslims were sprayed around the city on December 3, 2015. Global News