Earlier on Wednesday, authorities arrested a man they say was responsible for setting up Christmas Trees Fire outside the Fox News building in New York City.
According to ABC News, 49-year-old suspect Craig Tamanaha has been identified. Authorities say the 50-foot tree burst into flames just before 12:30 a.m. and spread to smaller trees that were included in the Christmas display. The suspect, who is thought to be homeless, allegedly climbed onto the metal superstructure and burned documents and threw them into a tree structure.
He then went downstairs and saw that the tree had burned before authorities could take him away, the report said.
Craig has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal harassment, endangering others, criminal intrusion, criminal defamation, and disorderly conduct.
The motive behind the incident is not clear at the moment. Police Commissioner Dermot Shia said detectives were investigating whether there was a role for mental illness. “At the moment, I don’t think the motive is clear,” he said. This is a person we know. He has one low-level arrest and drug arrest after another. He was issued some attendance tickets earlier this year and he did not return to court, which is unfortunately something we often see. There have been some low-level arrests outside the state. ”
The area where the tree was burned was used not only for Fox News, but also for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.
The tree had 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 lights and took more than 21 hours to assemble.
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TSR Staff: Jade Ashley @ Jade_Ashley94