Man charged with attempted arson at World Trade Center in Inner Harbor
By By Yvonne Wenger and Colin Campbell
The Baltimore Sun|
Nov 02, 2014 at 11:14 AM
A 58-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted arson after entering the basement of the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor Saturday night.
William L. McGraw, who has no fixed address, faces 115 years' imprisonment and $595,000 in fines, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
Officials said Saturday that a man spilled 20 gallons of gasoline in the loading dock of the center about 7:30 p.m. after walking down a public access to the unsecured area and entering a room that held cans of gasoline for a generator. He spilled the fuel, and the vapors set off a fire alarm that alerted Baltimore police and fire units as well as the Maryland Transportation Authority police.
Officials said McGraw intended to cause damage, although no actual damage occurred to the structure.
Firefighters were the first to the scene, and they made contact with the man shortly after he spilled the gasoline. They negotiated with him until police arrived moments later, MdTA spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Green said.
Alarms could be seen going off through the windows of the 31-story, five-sided skyscraper, and fire engines were blocking the right lane of a bustling Pratt Street for more than an hour Saturday night.
Authorities did not provide details about a possible motive.
McGraw faces charges including attempted first- and second-degree arson, reckless endangerment, manufacturing a destructive device and possession of incendiary material. He was taken to the Baltimore City Detention Center for booking without incident, authorities said.