A man has been arrested and charged after burning a Christmas tree outside the Fox News headquarters in New York City.
Video of eyewitnesses showed thick smoke billowing out of the tree in the early hours of Wednesday. Police say a man was arrested near a tree shortly after midnight after he was allegedly set on fire. NBC New York reported.
A spokesman for the New York Police Department said a 49-year-old man had been taken into custody, but did not say what was used to set the tree on fire. A light was removed from the suspect, but it is not clear whether it was used in the suspected arson.
Police said suspect Craig Tamanaha was spotted by Fox News security personnel while climbing a tree. When contacted by the authorities, he fled but was later apprehended.
Police said Tamnaha has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance, criminal trespass, criminal molestation and disorderly conduct.
Law enforcement said it appeared that the man was acting alone and that the fire was not planned or politically motivated. No injuries have been reported.
The Christmas tree outside the News Corporation building contained 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights, and took about 21 hours to put up, according to fox news, The building also houses the offices of wall street journal And this New York Post.
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott wrote in an internal memo that “this has become a wonderful new tradition at Fox Square over the past three years. We will not allow this deliberate and brazen act of cowardice to stop.”
“We are in the process of building and installing a new tree as a message that there can be peace, light and joy even in such a dark moment,” he said.
The Fox News Building is located near the Diamond District of manhattan Midtown, south of Central Park.
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