UPDATE: Man tased after crews respond to small Apartment Fire

Early this morning the Fargo Fire Department responded to a call for an odor investigation
Hector Bonilla
Hector Bonilla(Cass County, ND Jail)
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 11:03 AM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: We now know what happened at a Fargo apartment complex, where a man was tased and arrested after a small fire was discovered.

Hector Bonilla is charged in Cass County court with Attempted Aggravated Assault, Terrorizing and Endangering by Fire.

Court documents say Bonilla made several threats to kill firefighters and police officers.

He had barricaded himself into an apartment with the fire, while carrying around a large pipe and a knife and pacing around the room. He was also asking officers to call him “King”.

Bonilla threw the knife at two FPD officers while he paced.

Court documents say the officers tried to tase Bonilla once, and it didn’t work. Then, they used a bag gun on him, which was unsuccessful.

Police were eventually able to tase him, successfully, and get him out of the burning apartment under arrest.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Fargo man was arrested after he was uncooperative during a fire investigation at his apartment.

The Fargo Fire Department responded to a call for an odor at 4375 10th Ave. S. around 5:40 a.m. on Monday, January 23. The caller reported smelling smoke throughout the building, but the alarms were not activated.

Crews investigated and found smoke coming from the first-floor laundry room. In the laundry room, firefighters didn’t find a fire but observed smoke coming from the wall of the apartment unit adjacent to the laundry room. When firefighters attempted to search the unit, the man inside became uncooperative and police were called in to help.

When officers arrived, the man was still not cooperating so police eventually used a taser to take him into custody. Hector Bonilla was transported to a local healthcare facility to be evaluated for smoke inhalation.

Bonilla, a 39-year-old Fargo resident, was arrested for Endangering by Fire, Terrorizing, Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer and Preventing Arrest.

At this time, fire damage appears to be limited to a bathroom vanity and the initial damage estimate is $1,000. Officials say the fire was intentionally set by Bonilla.