The 49-year-old suspect who was arrested Wednesday in reference to the alleged torching of a Christmas tree exterior the New York City headquarters of Fox Information and Information Corp. has been freed on no bail.
Arson suspect Craig Tamanaha was seen leaving a Manhattan legal courthouse on Wednesday evening following his arraignment.
“I didn’t do it,” Tamanaha instructed reporters exterior the constructing.
The fireplace, which occurred early Wednesday morning, despatched harmful flames and thick smoke into the air exterior the constructing at Sixth Avenue and West forty eighth Road, simply hours earlier than staff, vacation shoppers and vacationers can be flooding sidewalks and pedestrian plazas within the space.
No accidents had been reported in reference to the incident.
Investigators stated the 50-foot synthetic tree was set ablaze utilizing a burning piece of cardboard, the New York Publish reported. The fireplace’s injury was estimated to value about $500,000.
The arson and different fees Tamanaha was dealing with – together with legal mischief, reckless endangerment and legal trespass — had been thought of misdemeanors, not requiring a bail fee beneath liberal New York Metropolis’s legal guidelines, Assistant District Legal professional Matthew Bayley told the Post.
Tamanaha, a vagrant with an extended legal file, must be accused of a extra severe cost of third-degree felony arson so as to be compelled to pay bail for his launch, legal protection lawyer Mark Bederow instructed the newspaper. He stated the extra severe arson offense happens solely when there’s perceived intent to hurt an individual or an allegation of a hate crime.
The suspect’s subsequent court docket look was scheduled for Jan. 4.
In the meantime, Fox Information is planning to unveil a new replacement All-American Christmas tree exterior its headquarters on Thursday throughout “The 5,” with Lawrence Jones and Abby Hornacek co-hosting the telecast, as they did for the earlier tree lighting.