A Canada-wide warrant has been issued seeking the arrest of a woman from British Columbia as the suspect in the arson fire earlier this month at a Montreal clinic that offers gender confirming surgery.
According to court records, the warrant was issued on Thursday out of the Montreal courthouse. Jayne Ellen Heideck, 42, of Kelowna, B.C., is accused of five different criminal charges in the warrant including arson with a disregard for human life, breaking and entering and arson by negligence.
Early on in their investigation, the Montreal police said they were treating the blaze as a possible hate crime intended to intimidate the transgender community and/or its supporters. But, on Friday, Montreal police spokesperson Constable Manuel Couture said that is no longer the case.
“Our investigation has shown that it is not a hate crime,” Couture said while adding investigators are still trying to track down Heideck. Couture was unable to comment on what investigators believe was the motive behind the blaze.
According to an article published by the Journal de Montréal, which cites anonymous sources, investigators believe Heideck set the blaze because she was unsatisfied with the results of a surgical procedure she underwent there.