A man was arrested after trying to blow up an SUV at the Pentagon yesterday officials are confirming.
He was caught by Pentagon security but was able to flee before being captured in Arlington National Cemetery.
Matthew Dmitri Richardson, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, faces federal charges for trying to blow up an active-duty service member’s Land Rover before noon Monday.
Richardson was charged with maliciously attempting to damage and destroy a vehicle, he appeared in court and denied the charges calling them a “lie.”
A Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer was patrolling 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.
The officer got out of his cruiser and ordered the man to stop.
The man said he was going to blow up the SUV and himself.
The officer tried to grab his wrist, but he ran across the parking lot, toward Route 110 and onto Route 27, court documents say.
Surveillance footage showed the suspect jumped over a fence and into Arlington National Cemetery. At about 12:15 p.m., Pentagon officers found him near Arlington House and ordered him to stop.
“I was just trying to blow myself up,” Richardson, 19, allegedly said.
After his arrest, officers found him with a cigarette lighter, gloves and court documents related to an arrest on Saturday. He was charged in Arlington with felony assault on a law enforcement officer.