Man arrested after using impromptu flamethrower at Sanford clinic
Officials say Santos Mekwam, who did not have a permanent address, used a can of hairspray to start a fire at the clinic.
FARGO — A 50-year-old man was arrested late Friday night, Jan. 29, following a disturbance which took place at Sanford Sleep and Dialysis, located at 2801 University Drive S.
The Fargo Police Department was dispatched to the location after Santos Mekwam began using a can of hairspray as a flamethrower to burn items in the vestibule area of the hospital, a news release said.
A Sanford employee attempted to stop Mekwam from causing further damage and potentially serious injury. The employee grabbed Mekwam, at which point a physical altercation ensued. Mekwam struck the Sanford employee in the face, hurting his nose, though the employee was not injured and declined treatment.
Police officers located Mekwam walking in a parking lot directly south of the location, where he was found carrying a can of hairspray.
Mekwam, who did not have a permanent address, was arrested for endangerment by fire and an unrelated warrant. A report for simple assault will also be completed and forwarded for consideration, the department added.