THE Fox Christmas tree fire suspect was previously detained for “exposing himself” outside of the courthouse where Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial is being held, shocking pictures revealed.
Craig Tamanaha was arrested early Wednesday for allegedly setting fire to the Christmas tree at News Corp’s building in Midtown Manhattan – and last month, he also supposedly exposed himself outside Maxwell’s trial.
Tamanaha was arrested in November for exposing himself in front of the courthouse where Maxwell’s trial was taking place[/caption]
Police found a lighter among his possessions[/caption]
But back in November, Tamanaha was detained for exposing himself in front of the United States Court House in downtown Manhattan right as Maxwell’s trial was going on inside.
An NYPD spokesperson told The Sun that Tamanaha had three prior arrests: two earlier this year in March for controlled substances in March and one in 2015 for an open container.
Police also added that law enforcement was called to remove Tamanaha from the courthouse after receiving calls he was allegedly exposing himself. He was then released.
FOUND WITH LIGHTER
Tamanaha, 49, is homeless with a last known address in Brooklyn. A lighter was found in his possession on Wednesday.
Police said that Tamanaha climbed up the tree, lit papers that he brought with him on fire and shoved them into the tree. He then climbed down and watched as the 50 ft tree burned down.
According to local reports, Tamanaha has three prior arrests, two for drug possession and one for public intoxication.
FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott told staff on Wednesday that the tree would be rebuilt as “a message that there can be peace, light and joy even during a dark moment.”
The news comes as:
- Craig Tamanaha arrested after Fox News Christmas tree set on FIRE in NYC as cops find lighter on him
- Ghislaine Maxwell courtroom sketch artist reveals ‘odd’ moment socialite started drawing HER in echo of Charles Manson
‘MALICIOUS ARSON ATTACK’
“Earlier this morning, FOX News Media’s All-American Christmas tree outside our building on FOX Square was set on fire in a malicious arson attack,” she wrote in a company memo.
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“The 50-foot tree, which was just lit in a beautiful on-air ceremony on Sunday night, was engulfed in flames and smoke permeated the building.”
Scott confirmed that there were no injuries and that employees remained in the building during the fire.
“We are very grateful to the FDNY which quickly mobilized to extinguish the fire and the NYPD which apprehended the criminal on site, who has since been charged with arson, among multiple other crimes,” Scott continued.
“Our security team also did a great job responding to the incident immediately.”
Two are for controlled substance possession from earlier this year and one is for an open container in 2015[/caption]
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