Alleged Fox Christmas tree arsonist on the lam after he was freed without bail

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The man freed without bail after he allegedly torched the “All-American” Christmas tree outside the New York City headquarters of Fox News is on the lam, authorities said.

Craig Tamanaha, 49, failed to comply with the conditions of his release and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest Dec. 29, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

He allegedly set the red, white and blue artificial tree ablaze Dec. 8 after “thinking about lighting the tree on fire all day,” according to a criminal complaint.

Craig Tamanaha, who was later charged with setting fire to a Christmas tree outside the Fox News headquarters, is detained by police after exposing himself outside the court at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 29, 2021. Picture taken November, 29, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Tamanaha was arraigned on one count each of felony second-degree criminal mischief, misdemeanor second-degree reckless endangerment and misdemeanor fifth-degree arson. 

Judge Martinez Alonso ordered Tamanaha to regularly check in with a supervised release program but could not set bail. Criminal justice reforms enacted in 2020 bar the setting of bail on these charges.

But Tamanaha allegedly didn’t check in with the supervised release program as required, officials said.

video from Fox & Friends team member.  Courtesy: Laura Taglianetti Craig Tamanaha mug shot
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He was originally due in court Tuesday on the case. 

Tamanaha, who is homeless, allegedly sneaked into the enclosure around the 50-foot tree in Midtown at about 12:10 a.m. and allegedly lit it on fire, causing $500,000 in damage, according to the complaint.

A new tree was installed days later.

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