Man accused of crashing SUV into DC building – NY Daily News.
Police said the vehicle was intentionally driven into the building and the driver and the interior of the car was doused in gasoline. Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP
Sometimes I see articles that may not mean much now, but seem like they could somehow be significant in the future. I put them in my “Just For The Record” folder. Sometimes I save them because I want to see if a trend begins, other times I save articles if the subject is something that could be rather significant, or be developed into something rather significant, but is so far under-reported. I snagged this one when I saw the short initial AP release about the SUV crash. I had wondered why they hadn’t declared it domestic terrorism.
The entire release is as follows, from NYdaily.com on June 9 as reported by AP
WASHINGTON — Authorities say the man accused of driving an SUV into an office building in the nation’s capital has been charged with arson and other counts.
Gwendolyn Crump is a spokeswoman for District of Columbia police. She said in an email Saturday that 32-year-old Charles Morrell Ball of New Market, Md., had also been charged with felony destruction of property and felony unauthorized use of vehicle driver.
Authorities had said previously that they believed the driver intentionally crashed into the office building Friday night. The vehicle had been reported stolen.
The building is less than a mile from the White House in the city’s business district. It has a mix of offices, retail shops and restaurants.
Then also on June 9, a day after the crash, I noticed the Washington Post reports:
- The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was at the scene Friday evening
- D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Saturday that Ball’s “motive was not a terrorist motive.”
- Police spokeswoman Tisha Grant said that Charles Morrell Ball, 32, of Frederick County was charged with three felonies — arson, destruction of property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
- It appeared that Ball, the driver, had acted alone.
- Ball has “mental-health issues.”
- The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Ball is listed in the Maryland registry of sex offenders
- According to court records, he was convicted in 2008 in Carroll County Circuit Court of a third-degree sexual offense & he had been complying with sex-offender reporting requirements.
- Ball was convicted of three other charges since 2006 — two thefts and an assault.
- D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Ball was taken to a hospital for evaluation and was released into police custody. She said Ball gave “a good debrief” to investigators after his arrest. (What does that mean?)
- A witness said “a man who appeared to be the driver struggled with building security officers, then with police.