Craig Tamanaha, 49, was identified by the NYPD as the suspect in setting fire to the Christmas tree at the foot of the News Corporation skyscraper this morning. news media headquarters Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and New York Post, setting off alarms in Midtown Manhattan (NYC).
Caused around $ 500,000 in property damagesources said. The detainee faces a series of charges including arson, criminal mischief, reckless danger and burglary, it reported. New York Post.
Police sources said that Tamanaha, who has an address in Brooklyn, is a person with emotional disorders who frequently roams the area. He was arrested in March for criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The Christmas display of 50 feet tall burned shortly after midnight and flames spread rapidly through the tree in Fox Square, outside the 1211 building of the Sixth Avenue, between streets 47 and 48.
Photos from the scene showed that the fire charred most of the Christmas tree that was adorned with red, white and blue motifs and topped with a red star. The flames also damaged three other nearby trees decorated with Christmas lights.
Police closed surrounding streets when FDNY firefighters extinguished the blaze. Nearby is the Rockefeller Center, which houses what many consider the most famous Christmas tree in the world. The entire area is so visited in December that vehicular traffic is suspended for safety reasons.