Politics

Roanoke Office of Mark Warner Vandalized; Arrest Made

Brick thrown through window before any staffers had arrived

The Roanoke office of Sen. Mark Warner was vandalized on Monday morning. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Police in Roanoke, Virginia have made an arrest after a brick was thrown through the window of Sen. Mark Warner’s office Monday.

James Trainor, 36, allegedly threw a brick through the glass front door of the Virginia Democrat’s office in downtown Roanoke, according to police. The vandalism occurred Monday morning before any staffers had arrived for the day.

The Capitol Police have been in contact with the local authorities, according to Rachel Cohen, a spokesperson from Warner’s D.C. office.

Trainor faces one charge of felony property damage.

Virginia Republican Robert W. Goodlatte, whose district includes Roanoke, released a statement condemning the attack.

“If this incident was in fact politically motivated,” he said, “I want to make it clear that there are appropriate ways to express your opinion, and this is not one of them. I condemn, in the strongest terms, any destruction of property or act of violence directed towards an elected official.”

Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and has offices in Abingdon, Norfolk and Richmond. 

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