The man police said rammed a stolen Jeep with an open gasoline tank into a downtown Washington office building told officers he did it to get the FBI’s attention, according to court records.
Charles Ball, 32, of New Market in Frederick County told officers responding to the scene of the incident Friday evening at the southwest corner of Connecticut Avenue and L Street NW that his family was in danger and the Frederick Police Department was not helping, according to court papers. A Frederick Police Department spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Ball crashed the Jeep into the building in hopes that the FBI would talk to him, the papers said. “I want to speak to the FBI,” he told an officer. “I did this to get their attention.”
When an officer asked Ball if he crashed the Jeep into the building on purpose, according to the documents, Ball responded, “Yes.”
During a Monday afternoon hearing in D.C. Superior Court, Ball was ordered held ahead of a hearing scheduled for June 28. He was charged Saturday with assault with intent to kill while armed and other offenses.
Before the crash, according to court papers, the owner of the Jeep — who the Associated Press and Maryland court records said was a woman who had taken out a restraining order against Ball earlier that day — received a voice mail message from Ball saying he was “going to make people pay for their actions and there will be bloodshed.”
Friday’s crash occurred not far from the Farragut North Metro station. D.C. police said the vehicle was covered in gasoline inside and out; Ball scuffled with police officers after he pulled out a lighter and attempted to set the vehicle on fire, according to court papers.