By Erika Tucker Online Reporter Global News
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.
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.
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.”
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.