'Ranting' Man Didn't Appear To Target Media In Crash At Fox TV Station, Dallas Police Say | KERA News

'Ranting' Man Didn't Appear To Target Media In Crash At Fox TV Station, Dallas Police Say

Sep 5, 2018

Updated, 1:55 p.m.

A man accused of crashing a pickup truck into a Fox affiliate television station building in downtown Dallas has been charged with criminal mischief.

The suspect, later identified by police as 34-year-old Michael Chadwick Fry, repeatedly rammed into the building at 400 N. Griffin St with his truck around 6 a.m. Wednesday. The truck hit an unoccupied administrative side of the building before office workers arrived for the day. No injuries were reported.  

It didn't appear that Fry was directly targeting the media in the incident, according to a statement from the police department.

Officers who approached Fry said he was talking and rambling but didn’t make any sense. He scattered numerous handwritten papers outside that had information about an officer-involved shooting that happened in another city, authorities said. 

Fry was not able to enter the building and was soon arrested. Wednesday's charge will be tacked onto Fry's lengthy criminal history. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, he's been booked into Denton County jail more than two dozen times since 2003.

Anchor and reporter Brandon Todd, who witnessed Fry pacing outside the station before he was arrested, said he was yelling about "high treason," and that he believed he had clearly been wronged and that someone was trying to kill him. Fry started crying when police took him into custody, Todd said.

A remote-controlled police robot later Wednesday searched the area near the station, which was closed to the usual downtown business foot and vehicle traffic, following the incident.

Fry had removed an orange duffel bag from his truck after the crash and placed it near the building, causing onlookers to back away, Todd said. However, the bag, vehicle and surrounding area were all later cleared by the Dallas police bomb squad. No "suspicious devices" were found.

Fry was evaluated at Parkland Hospital before being transported to the Dallas County jail, according to authorities.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.