Arkansas Man Charged with Attempting to Blow Up Car

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An Arkansas man was arrested near the Pentagon for attempting to blow up an SUV belonging to a service member. He ran from police, who later found him in Arlington National Cemetery. The Arkansas man, Matthew Dimitri Richardson, 19, is from Fayetteville. When he appears in court on Tuesday he called the charges a “lie.”

The DOJ reported,

According to court documents, Matthew Dmitri Richardson, 19, of Fayetteville, was discovered in the Pentagon North Parking lot yesterday morning by a Pentagon Police Officer on patrol. The officer allegedly observed Richardson standing next to a vehicle striking a cigarette lighter to a piece of fabric that was inserted into the vehicle’s gas tank.

After the officer approached Richardson, the defendant allegedly told the officer he was going to “blow this vehicle up” and “himself”. When the officer attempted to detain Richardson, Richardson pulled away and ran across the parking lot towards Virginia State Route 110 and onto Virginia State Route 27. A subsequent review of surveillance camera footage showed that Richardson jumped over a fence into Arlington National Cemetery. Richardson was later found by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency Police Emergency Response Team near Arlington House.

According to court documents, after a search of Richardson, officers allegedly discovered a cigarette lighter, gloves, and court documents related to Richardson’s arrest on or about February 22 for two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer in Arlington County.

According to court documents, the owner of the vehicle is an active duty servicemember and does not know Richardson.

His motive at this point is unknown, though he looks a little out of it.

NBC reported,

“A Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer was patroling the Pentagon’s north parking lot when he saw “smoke coming from burnt fabric on the ground” next to a gray 2016 Land Rover with New Mexico license plates.

He then he saw a man “striking a cigarette lighter to a piece of fabric that was inserted into the vehicle’s gas tank,” court documents filed Tuesday say.”

 

Featured photo: Alexandria Sheriff’s office mugshot of Matthew D Richardson

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