The large Chritmas tree outside of the FOX News studios in New York City was set on fire on Tuesday night.
A suspect who was seen nearby was quickly arrested.
It’s not clear what the suspect’s motive was. He is homeless and it’s quite possible he has some mental issues.
FOX News reports:
Fox Square’s All-American Christmas Tree burned in fire, suspect arrested
The massive All-American Christmas Tree outside Fox News’ New York City headquarters was seriously damaged in a fire early Wednesday and police say they arrested the man accused of sparking the flames.
Fox News security spotted the suspect, later identified as Craig Tamanaha, climbing the 50-foot-tall tree at the center of Fox Square just after midnight. The Sixth Avenue and 48th Street location is in the heart of Midtown.
NYPD officers arrived at the scene and saw the suspect running from the location. They took him into custody before filing charges that included criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and arson. City firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze.
Crews will rebuild the tree this month, Fox News has confirmed.
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Tamanaha, 49, had three prior arrests: two for drug possession and one for public intoxication. He was said to be homeless with a last known address in Brooklyn.
What a horrible thing to do.
Fox News’ Christmas tree is on fire if you were wondering what Kamala will be blamed for tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/YaBwwoAJYn
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) December 8, 2021
JUST IN: @ShannonBream announces on @FoxNewsNight that Fox News's Christmas tree has caught fire outside their HQ on the Avenue of the Americas. pic.twitter.com/Ah0OUfTrlE
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 8, 2021
And because this is New York City, the suspect has already been released without bail.
.Craig Tamanaha. Say his name. He is out of jail in NYC after allegedly setting the @FoxNews Christmas 🎄on fire. #CraigTamanahahttps://t.co/fGegZQVtQQ
— Randy Economy (@EconomyRadio) December 9, 2021
New York City has fallen so far.
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