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Police arrest suspect in church vandalism incident

Police previously said the incident, which happened in July at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, was consistent with a crime motivated by hate
Police say this person is a suspect in a pair of vandalism incidents in July 2022 at Corpus Christi Church on Red River Road. (Thunder Bay Police Service handout)

THUNDER BAY — A 43-year-old man has been arrested after a vandalism incident at a north side church that police have previously said appeared to be motivated by hate.

The Thunder Bay Police Service announced the arrest on Thursday morning, four months after the altar at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Red River Road was vandalized.

Police said the incident happened at some time between July 29 and 30, and the damage was done in a manner to intentionally disturb churchgoers.

Surveillance footage of the suspect was publicly released by police in early November.

Michael Joseph Watson, a 43-year-old Thunder Bay man, has been charged with break and enter to commit an indictable offence.


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