Man Arrested for Setting Fire Outside Bernie Sanders’ Vermont Office

A man has been arrested and charged with setting a fire outside the office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in Burlington, Vermont. Shant Michael Soghomonian, a 35-year-old individual previously from Northridge, California, was apprehended by law enforcement officials on Sunday. Court documents reveal that Soghomonian had been staying at a local hotel for nearly two months and was observed outside Sanders’ office on both the day before and the day of the incident.

According to a special agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Soghomonian entered the building on Friday and proceeded to Sanders’ third-floor office. Security footage captured him pouring a liquid on the bottom of the office door and igniting it with a lighter. Although the fire caused damage to the building’s interior and activated the sprinkler system, no injuries were reported as all seven employees present at the time were able to evacuate safely. Sanders himself was not present during the incident.

During the investigation, authorities discovered what appeared to be remnants of a canister of lighter fluid and a red cap near the office door. Soghomonian was subsequently charged with using fire to damage a building used in interstate commerce. He had been residing at the Inn at Burlington in South Burlington for several weeks, as confirmed by an employee.

When police arrived at Soghomonian’s hotel room and knocked on the door, they heard a male voice stating that he was getting dressed. Subsequently, they heard sounds resembling heavy items being moved near the door. After gaining access to the room, officers arrested Soghomonian without any resistance.

In a statement, Senator Sanders expressed his gratitude to the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for their swift and professional response to the fire. The motive behind the incident remains unclear at this time. It is unknown whether Soghomonian has legal representation, and an initial court appearance has yet to be scheduled.

Soghomonian is currently being held at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. The investigation involved multiple police departments, including those in Burlington, Shelburne, and Williston, as well as the Vermont State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Capitol Police.

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1 Response

  1. Senator Mitch McConnell. The incident occurred on January 2, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky. The suspect, identified as John Doe, allegedly started the fire using an accelerant and fled the scene before being apprehended by local law enforcement.

    This incident highlights the importance of maintaining security and safety measures for public officials. It also raises concerns about the increasing polarization and political tensions in our society.

    For those interested in learning more about the incident and its implications, I recommend reading the news article “

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