Arrest Made in Fire at Bernie Sanders' Office

Video shows someone starting blaze in Vermont building
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 7, 2024 11:20 AM CDT
Arrest Made in Fire at Bernie Sanders' Office
Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses Unite Here Local 11 workers holding a rally outside the Figueroa Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A man was charged Sunday with setting a fire outside the Vermont office of US Sen. Bernie Sanders, federal prosecutors said. Shant Soghomonian, 35, who was previously of Northridge, California, entered the building on Friday and went to Sanders' third-floor office, where security video showed him spraying a liquid on the door and setting it afire, officials said. The building's interior suffered damage from the fire and sprinklers that doused the area with water, but no one was hurt, the AP reports. Sanders, an independent, was not in the office at the time.

Soghomonian was arrested Sunday on a charge of using fire to damage a building used in interstate commerce, according to a statement from Nikolas Kerest, the US attorney for Vermont. The motive remained unclear. Soghomonian was detained and could not be reached for comment. It was not immediately known if had a lawyer, and an initial court appearance had not been scheduled, officials said. The crime carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. State and federal agencies were involved in the investigation, officials said.

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