Man charged with smashing Sen. John Hoeven's Fargo office windows with ax

Thomas Alexander Starks is charged with a felony count of criminal mischief.

Video given to the Fargo Police Department shows an ax-wielding man smashing the windows of Sen. John Hoeven's Fargo office. The damage was discovered Monday morning, Dec. 21. Photo courtesy of Fargo Police Department

FARGO — Cass County prosecutors have filed charges against a man accused of vandalizing the Fargo office of Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., this week.

According to court documents, Thomas Alexander Starks is charged with criminal mischief for willfully causing $2,000-$10,000 of damage to property, a Class C felony.

On Monday, Dec. 21, Starks allegedly smashed the windows and an intercom system at Hoeven's office on the second floor of 123 Broadway N. in downtown Fargo. The smashed window was discovered Monday morning around 9 a.m.

Security video provided by the Fargo Police Department shows a man walking up the stairs to the skyway before striking Hoeven's office windows with what appears to be an ax.

The incident is under investigation by Fargo police and the U.S. Capitol Police, the federal law enforcement agency tasked with protecting members of Congress.


Starks' age and city of residence were not immediately available Thursday.

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