Court orders psych evaluation for man accused of setting fire to Richland County Law Enforcement Center
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - After being federally charged with arson, a federal court has now ordered that Adam Prochnow undergo a psychiatric or psychological evaluation before trial.
Prochnow is accused of setting off a device at the Richland County Law Enforcement Center on March 2nd.
Court documents requesting the evaluation say Prochnow “has a history of mental health concerns,” and, according to a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Prochnow recently made comments about hearing voices, saying “voices tell him to do bad things.” The documents also reference an incident from 2021 where Prochnow made comments about committing “suicide by cop.”
He was slapped with federal charges from the incident on March 22.
Prochnow was originally charged with arson by local law enforcement.
Now, the United States Attorney is also charging him with “maliciously damaged and destroyed, and attempted to damage and destroy, by means of fire and explosive materials, a building...owned by Richland County, an organization receiving federal financial assistance; In violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 844(f)(1).”
On Thursday, March 4th, police were attempting to execute a search warrant for his property in Fairmount when they say he lit his garage on fire and started putting threatening posts on Facebook.
Prochnow surrendered after day-long standoff in Fairmount, including multiple law enforcement agencies and Red River Valley SWAT. He has not yet been charged in that incident. Prochnow is being held in the Cass County Jail.
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