FARGO, N.D. — A federal complaint has been filed against a 24-year-old man accused of setting fire to jail in southeast North Dakota.

Adam James Prochnow appeared in U.S. District Court in Fargo, North Dakota, on Tuesday, March 22, to face an arson allegation.

Richland Court County Judicial Center

His use of fire and explosive materials on March 1 to “maliciously” damage or destroy the Richland County Law Enforcement Center in Wahpeton, which receives federal financial aid, according to unsealed court filings on Tuesday.

A criminal complaint filed in Richland County District Court said that Prochnow torched a cylindrical container at the entrance to the Richland County Jail. Still, no specifics were provided in federal court filings. The defendant then fled before the container detonated, according to court documents.

Although the fire caused extensive smoke damage, authorities believe it was intentionally set to cause even more damage.

Court Case Dismissed

North Dakota Court County Jail

For five hours on March 3, Prochnow locked himself in his house in Fairmount, North Dakota, as law enforcement officers approached his residence. According to court records, he finally surrendered and has been held in custody at the Cass County Jail since his arrest.

After dismissing its case against Prochnow on Monday, the Richland County State’s Attorney made way for federal prosecution of the former state senator.

Source: Inforum