1 man arrested after vandalism at rainbow crosswalk in Langford: RCMP

1 man arrested after vandalism at rainbow crosswalk in Langford: RCMP
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The two suspects are pictured.

Mounties say one man has been arrested and another suspect has been identified following vandalism at a Pride crosswalk in Langford.

Last week, Mounties released two surveillance videos showing people vandalizing the rainbow crosswalk outside Spencer Middle School.

One video showed a single person spray painting the crosswalk in the early hours of June 24, while the second video showed two people spraying graffiti on the crosswalk around 11 p.m. on June 25.

Mounties say the graffiti “displayed profanity” and that it’s being investigated as criminal mischief.

On July 3, Mounties said the two suspects had been identified, and that one of them had been arrested.

A 22-year-old man was arrested for two counts of mischief and has been released on conditions, including not to attend any School District 62 property.

Meanwhile, the second suspect – though identified – has not been located yet, Mounties told CHEK News on Wednesday.

Police say that they believe that the single person recorded on June 24 is one of the two that was also present on June 25.

The graffiti was cleaned up by the City of Langford shortly after the incidents.

The spray paint last week marks the second spree of vandalism at the crosswalk outside Spencer Middle School.

Shortly after the crosswalk was completed in February, it was vandalized twice within 24 hours.

Students helped petition the city to make the Pride crosswalk, and at the time of its unveiling after the first bout of vandalism Grade 8 student Georgia Banner said, “The Pride Progress crosswalk is a symbol and statement of being free to be who you are, and don’t be who you’re not.”

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