Morton County Sheriff's Office

Morton County, North Dakota issues warrant for Sisseton, SD man.

Morton County North Dakota authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Sisseton man after a DNA match from a cigarette butt implicated him and his involvement in the Dakota Access pipeline protest three of years ago. 
 
Morton County prosecutors have charged 23-year-old Lawrence Malcolm Jr. with felony conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and engaging in a riot. An arrest warrant was issued Thursday.

The charges relate to a Sept. 6, 2016, protest on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. An affidavit says more than 100 demonstrators, many with their faces covered, halted construction and vandalized equipment.

North Dakota crime lab officials notified investigators last month that DNA from a cigarette butt found at the scene was a match for Malcolm, of Sisseton, South Dakota, whose DNA profile was on file from an earlier arrest.