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Man who drove into downtown building appearing in court Monday


Members of the FBI Terrorism Task Force and police are on the scene after a sports utility vehicle crashed into an office building at 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2012. According to news reports, police said the vehicle was intentionally driven into the building and the driver and the interior of the car was doused in gasoline.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The New Market, Md., man who drove his gasoline-soaked SUV into a downtown building and attempted to set it on fire will appear in court on Monday on a charge of assault with intent to kill.

According to reports, at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, a Jeep driven by Charles Ball, 32, crashed into the lobby of a downtown office building in the 1000 block of Connecticut Avenue Northwest. Mr. Ball exited the car and attempted to flick on a lighter before he was arrested by police.

Mr. Ball initially faced multiple charges for arson, destruction of property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Mr. Ball is listed on the Maryland Sex Offenders Registry for a 2008 conviction of a third-degree sex offense.

Maryland court documents show Mr. Ball also has previous charges of speeding, driving without a license and fleeing an officer on foot. There is also a domestic violence charge against Mr. Ball, filed in Frederick County the same day as the crash.

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