Skip to comments.[Gasoline soaked] Maryland man charged with crashing Jeep into downtown D.C. office building
Posted on 06/09/2012 11:51:03 AM PDT by grundle
Authorities have charged a Maryland man with arson and destruction of property for driving an SUV into the lobby of a downtown Washington office building Friday evening.
Charles Morrell Ball, 32, of New Market has been charged with three felonies, said police spokeswoman Tisha Gant. Ball is also charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Balls sport-utility vehicle was doused with gasoline when it crashed into the Washington Square building on the southwest corner of Connecticut Avenue and L Street NW at about 7:30 p.m.
At least one gasoline container was taken from the SUV, a red Jeep.
With its similarities to car bombings, the crash provoked a vigorous response.
The FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force was called to the scene Friday, but Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Saturday morning that initial indications are that his motive was not a terrorist motive.
I dont think it was a terrorist act, she said.
Police said the car had been stolen. A law enforcement official not authorized to speak about Balls condition said he has mental-health issues.
A Charles Morrell Ball of the 10200 block of Ladoga Place in New Market is listed in the Maryland registry of sex offenders. He was convicted in 2008 of a third-degree sexual assault and is listed as having complied with reporting requirements.
Ball was taken to a hospital for evaluation but has since been released, Lanier said.
There was no report of any other injuries.
Lanier said it was miraculous that Ball didnt hit any bystanders.
I think were extremely fortunate that no one was hurt in there last night, Lanier said. Were very lucky.
As the SUV crashed through plate glass at street level, diners were enjoying drinks and dinner in the Mortons steakhouse a floor above.
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And why are they saying that this is not a terrorist act?
It is not a terrorist act because sex offenders are not on the Homeland Security list of potential terrorists- remember that list has military, firearm owners, conservatives, etc...
And why the Hell isn’t he in jail?
did anything in “The FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force” think to ask the dumba$$ in question whether he INTENDED to commit a terrorist act?
The story refers to his arrest. Sounds like they should send him to St E’s. Don’t know if there is/was bond or if he could post it.
Where does it say he is not in jail? It says he was released from the hospital, but it doesn’t say he was released from custody.
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OK, he’s black, is he Muslim also??? And Liberalism IS a Mental Disorder.
What the police chief really said was “We checked and he’s not a member of the Tea Party or the GOP therefore we don’t think he’s a terrorist.’
grundle ~ I think were extremely fortunate that no one was hurt in there last night, Lanier said. Were very lucky.
WilliamofCarmichael ~ Talk about being lucky.. only the driver was killed in this 2001 attack on the California Capitol building.
"Blaring its air horn and accelerating at high speed, a big rig smashed into the south side of the state Capitol last night and exploded in a fireball as the Assembly ended a meeting on California's energy crisis . . . ."
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The language of the article is not very clear. I think he was released from the hospital; he was arrested. Nothing one way or the other clarifies whether he’s in jail or not, but I would assume he IS in jail (or at St E’s), at least through the weekend until he can be arraigned on Monday.
I used to work at 17th & L, and also Conn/K, so know the area really well. Even pre-Metro. Remember when that location was Scholl’s? I remember watching the old Scholl’s building come down, this one go up, Duke Zeiberts opening there, and now Morton’s.