Calgary, AB,

One man charged, one arrested in hate-motivated crime

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man believed to be responsible for a hate-motivated crime that took place at the Tuscany CTrain Station last week.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at approximately 5:45 p.m., two men entered the Tuscany CTrain Station, located at 10210 Crowchild Trail N.W. Once inside, the men applied gold spray paint to four locations on both the upper and lower platforms of the station. A walkway ramp leading from the parking lot to the upper level platform and a southbound CTrain were also tagged.

In addition to the damage within the station, five vehicles parked in the south parking lot of the Tuscany station were found to have graffiti messages spray painted on them.

All of the graffiti messages were of anti-Syrian and anti-refugee sentiment and police have classified this as a hate-motivated crime.

Following an investigation, with assistance from Calgary Transit, Miguel LAVERGNE, 30, of no fixed address, has been charged with six counts of mischief. The Crown has yet to determine if hate charges are applicable in this case. LAVERGNE is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

A second suspect has been arrested and will also face charges of six counts of mischief. His name will be released once he has seen a Justice of the Peace and the charges have been confirmed.

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.