North Dakota senator's state office vandalized by man with an ax
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Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Obama marine monument designation | Interior reverses course on tribal ownership of portion of Missouri river | White House climate adviser meets with oil and gas companies Senate GOP pushes back on list of participants in oil and gas leasing forum Small cities fret over feds redefining metro areas MORE’s (R-N.D.) office in Fargo, N.D., was vandalized by a man with an ax.

Video of the vandalism posted on Facebook by the Fargo Police Department shows a masked man walking up a set of stairs to a door carrying an ax, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

Once he reaches the door, the man smashes the window next to it with the ax and walks away.


Alex Finken, a spokesperson for Hoeven, told The Hill that staff discovered the vandalism on Monday morning.

“We reported it and appreciate the dedicated work of our law enforcement,” Finken said.

The police department said on Tuesday that it had identified a suspect, and was sending a report to the Cass County States Attorney, NBC News reported.

The suspect, identified in court documents as Thomas Alexander Sparks, was charged with criminal mischief on Thursday in connection with the incident.

--Updated on Dec. 24 at 1:14 p.m.