Charles Morrell Ball of New Market, Md. was ordered held without bond in the District, facing charges of assault with intent to kill and arson.
The 32-year-old man was arrested Friday night after crashing an orange SUV into a building at 1050 Connecticut Avenue in Northwest D.C. The car had been reported stolen.
Ball was arraigned Monday in D.C. Superior Court and will remain jailed pending a preliminary hearing on June 28.
When he was arrested Friday, Ball told police he deliberately drove the car into the building because his family was in trouble, Frederick police wouldn't do anything, and he wanted to talk to the FBI.
Arresting officers detected the smell of gasoline and found the Jeep's seat was wet. A canister of gasoline was found inside the vehicle and the Jeep's gas cap was unscrewed and open.
The incident, happening so close to the White House, drew a massive police response.
Charging documents say the owner of the stolen vehicle told police Ball had left a voicemail on her phone saying he was going to make people pay for their actions and that there would be blood shed.