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Man charged with criminal mischief for allegedly vandalizing senator's office with ax

Man charged with criminal mischief for allegedly vandalizing senator's office with ax
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The man who is accused of vandalizing North Dakota Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Biden reignites immigration fight in Congress McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE’s (R) office in Fargo was charged with criminal mischief Thursday. 

Cass County charged Thomas Alexander Starks, claiming that he “willfully damaged tangible property of another, intentionally causing pecuniary loss in excess of two thousand dollars but not in excess of ten thousand dollars.”

Video of the attack on the office appears to show Starks walking up a set of stairs to a door carrying an ax and then smashing an office window before walking away.

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Prosecutors allege that Starks “willfully damaged office windows, a window frame, and an intercom system.”

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

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

Jordan Williams contributed.