The Calgary Police Service (CPS) are asking for the public’s assistance to identify a man believed to be responsible for setting a fire and assaulting two men at St. Mary’s Cathedral last week.

CPS were called to the scene May 19 around 2:30 a.m. for reports of a fire set at St. Mary’s Cathedral, according to a Thursday press release. After two staff members heard a commotion outside, the release said they opened the door to the back of the church when a man charged at them.

The two men were able to close the door and get to safety while the suspect continued to attempt to gain entry into the church. They called 911, and the fire was extinguished upon the Calgary Fire Department’s (CFD) arrival.

The suspect is described as about 35 to 45 years old, with a bald or shaved head, about six ft. tall, and 180lbs.

CPS’ Hate Crime Prevention Team is investigating to determine if hate motivation is a factor.

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