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Published September 05 2012

UPDATED: Man accused of causing thousands in damage at Ground Transportation Center

FARGO – Police say a 29-year-old Fargo man broke a window and computers in the dispatch area of the Ground Transportation Center in downtown Fargo on Tuesday, causing thousands of dollars in damage and forcing the bus depot to close temporarily.

At around 7:25 p.m., a witness saw the man run into the GTC from outside and then run around the lobby for a short period of time before running into the glass in the dispatch area, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

The glass broke, and the man climbed through the broken window and started ripping computer monitors off their stands in the control room while yelling incoherently, Vettel said.

Dispatchers ran out of the room, called police and held the room’s door shut to try to keep the man inside, but he climbed back out the broken window, Vettel said.

When officers arrived, they found the man lying on the lobby floor, covered in blood and bleeding from his nose and arms, Vettel said. The man was yelling and screaming, and at one point he indi-cated to the officers that he wanted them to kill him, Vettel said.

Thon Akuany Chol, who lives in the nearby Lashkowitz High Rise at 101 2nd St. S., was arrested on suspicion of felony criminal mischief, contact by bodily fluids and disorderly conduct. He also had an active city arrest warrant for resisting arrest and consuming in public, Sgt. Mike Erbes said.

Chol was treated at Sanford Medical Center for cuts to his face and arms before being taken to the Cass County Jail. He allegedly spit on a paramedic in the ambulance, Erbes said.

The incident didn’t affect MATBUS routes, which ran as scheduled at 6:15 a.m. today, but the Ground Transportation Center at 502 NP Ave. didn’t reopen until 9 a.m., three hours later than normal.

“MATBUS asks for your patience as its staff and administrators work diligently to repair and replace equipment in our GTC dispatch area over the next several days. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” a news release stated.

Fargo Transit Administrator Julie Bommelman said three computers were damaged, along with the window and a clock that was ripped off the wall. A damage estimate wasn’t available yet. In order for someone to be arrested on suspicion of felony criminal mischief, the damage must be estimated at $2,000 or more, Erbes said.

Bommelman said dispatchers had no interaction with Chol before the incident.

“Clearly something set him off somewhere, but not any instance at our location,” she said.