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Man set fires at Delaware Avenue church twice

Man set fires at Delaware Avenue church twice

Hamilton Police continue to investigate a series of arsons at a place of worship and are asking for the public’s assistance in the identification of the suspect.

On Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 10:30 p.m., a male suspect was captured on video approaching the  The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Delaware Avenue, Hamilton, carrying a bag.  The suspect caused mischief to the building by spray painting the exterior.  The suspect then proceeded to set fire to an exterior doorway at the rear of the building.  The suspect then fled on foot.  

A day later, Hamilton Police responded to a second fire at the same location.

Investigation revealed the suspect on video at approximately 9:30 p.m. setting fire to the front entrance of the building.  The suspect then fled on foot.

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to check home or business video surveillance systems during the above dates and times in efforts to identify the suspect.

The suspect is described as male with light skin, medium height and weight, clean shaven, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a Hockey Canada emblem, dark pants  and dark shoes.

In the first incident, the suspect was carrying a black reusable bag with white lettering on it, in the second case he was carrying a yellow shopping bag with black lettering on it.

Anyone with  any information that you believe could assist police with the investigation into these crimes, or have any questions in regards to the investigation,  are asked to contact  Acting Detective Sergeant George Gallant at 905-540-5085 or Detective Constable Shaun Fennessy at 905-540-3819.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit  anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com

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