Calgary arson suspect identified; charges issued

Calgary, Alberta – Our investigators have identified a suspected arsonist believed to be responsible for two arsons in the community of Varsity earlier this year.

Just after 3 a.m., on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, the Calgary Fire Department was called to a house fire in the 1100 block of Varsity Estates Drive N.W. Subsequent collection of CCTV footage showed a man setting fire to a residential shed before fleeing the area. The fire spread to the garage and house. It is believed the man had been car prowling in the area prior to setting the fire.

We have reason to believe the same person was involved in an additional fire that was reported around 5 a.m., on Saturday, June 4, 2022, in the 1200 block of Varsity Estates Road N.W. It is also believed the man may have been car prowling in the neighbourhood before the fire was set.

After months of investigating, the suspect has been identified as Dominik Wesley BIRD, 24, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. BIRD has been charged with two counts of arson with disregard for human life, and one count of illegal use of a credit card.

Our investigators believe BIRD to have ties to Calgary and Winnipeg and are asking for the public’s help to locate him.

Dominik Wesley BIRD
Dominik Wesley BIRD

 

Anyone with information about BIRD’s whereabouts is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or the Winnipeg Police Service non-emergency line at 204‑986‑6222.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through either of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

APP: P3 Tips

Case #22197242/#2222491/4185

BACKGROUND

June 30, 2022

Police release footage of suspected arsonist

We continue to seek public assistance to locate a suspected arsonist believed to be responsible for two arsons at homes in northwest Calgary.

Our investigators have obtained CCTV footage of the suspect at a retail store in the area where the arsons occurred, and are asking anyone who can identify the suspect to contact police.

Anyone who has information about these arsons or knows the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through either of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

APP: P3 Tips

CA22197242/2222491/4185

BACKGROUND

Original release below:

Police are seeking assistance from the public to identify a person believed to be responsible for two arsons at houses in northwest Calgary, the latest occurring earlier today.

Just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, the Calgary Fire Department were called to a house fire in the 1100 block of Varsity Estates Drive N.W.

Subsequent collection of CCTV showed a man setting fire to a back shed before fleeing. The fire spread to the garage and house. It is believed the man had been car prowling in the area prior to setting the fire.

Arson investigators believe the same person may be involved in another fire which was reported around 5 a.m., today, Saturday, June 4, 2022, in the 1200 block of Varsity Estates Road N.W. It is also believed he may have been car prowling in the neighbourhood before the fire was started.

The suspect is described as being between 20 and 30 years old, with a light skin tone and clean shaven. He is usually wearing a hat and carrying a black backpack.

We are thankful that no one was injured as a result of these fires, however, it is deeply concerning that fires are being set at or near residential homes while residents are home, and often asleep. At this time, there is no information to indicate these are targeted incidents and the motive remains unknown. It is critically important that we identify and locate the person we believe to be connected to these events.

It is recommended that residents keep their outdoor lights on, secure garages and sheds, and call 9-1-1 if you spot the suspect.

Anyone who has information about these arsons or knows the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through either of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

APP: P3 Tips

CA22197242/2222491/4185

Calgary Police Service

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