MD Man Charged For Driving Jeep Into Office Building

1:41 PM, Jun 9, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C  (WUSA) -- The driver of a Jeep Liberty who deliberately crashed his vehicle into the ground floor of a downtown office building now faces three felony charges, according to D.C. Police.

Charles Morrell Ball, age 32 of New Market, has been charged with felony unauthorized use of a vehicle, destruction of property, and arson.

Ball is accused of intentionally ramming the stolen Jeep into the lobby of the Washington Square Building at 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW around 8:10 Friday night, according to MPD Chief Cathy Lanier and a spokesperson for the D.C. Fire Department.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and now confirm the Jeep had been doused in gasoline.  Officer Tisha Gant, spokeswoman for MPD, says Charles Ball had a lighter which he used in an attempt to set the vehicle on fire.

Mr. Ball suffered minor injuries but no other injuries were reported. MPT transported him to a hospital for observation.

Surrounding streets in the area near Farragut North Metro station were closed during the incident.

Washington Square, a multi-story office building, houses a variety of professional businesses.

The FBI confirms that members of its Joint Terrorism Task Force were on scene with MPD.

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