Man allegedly charged with fire at Fox News faces media frenzy of assassination fantasies

On December 7, 2017, a man outside the Fox News building in New York City set a Christmas tree ablaze. And after being caught, the suspect was allegedly described as acting on a “boyhood…

Man allegedly charged with fire at Fox News faces media frenzy of assassination fantasies

On December 7, 2017, a man outside the Fox News building in New York City set a Christmas tree ablaze. And after being caught, the suspect was allegedly described as acting on a “boyhood wish of being famous.”

The incident occurred outside the Kips Bay apartment building of Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., which is home to Fox News. The man, who has not been identified, was initially detained by a security guard and was then forced to stop by a cop. As he reached out to place a fire extinguisher in the cop’s vehicle, he “transported himself to tears when speaking of his dog,” according to The Associated Press.

The man later told police, “I was yelling for my dog because she gets on my nerves,” authorities say. He also allegedly explained that his victim had asked him not to bring his pet within 100 feet of the Fox News building. The man then began to cry and said, “We both know this, this is one of my final wishes of being famous, of becoming famous.” He also allegedly added that he “finally knows what the world thinks of me.”

After the police booked the man on arson charges, he allegedly began “incoherent rambling about how ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ was such a ‘slap in the face to the people.’”

The burning tree was captured on video camera and released by NYPD crime scene investigators shortly after the incident.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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