NEW YORK, NJ — The New York Police Department (NYPD) has charged Marc Lamparello, 37, of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, with Attempted Arson, Reckless Endagerment and Trespassing.
According to a representative of the Office of Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Lamparello was scheduled to face a judge on Thursday.
Lamparello was arrested Wednesday night for attempting to carry gasoline cans, lighter fluid, and lighters into St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, according to the New York Police Department. The event comes two days after the massive fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and during the Holy Week leading up to Easter.
In a press conference Wednesday night on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Deputy Commissioner Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller stated the individual pulled up in a minivan on Fifth Avenue and walked around the area.
At 7:55 p.m., the man returned to the van and retrieved two two-gallon cans containing gasoline, and a plastic bag with two bottles of lighter fluider (the kind to light a charcoal grill), and two extended butane light sticks and entered the cathedral. Miller said the individual was confronted by a Cathedral security officer, who asked where he was going and explained that he could not enter carrying those items.
"At that point, some of the gasoine spilled onto the floor," said Miller.
The employee notified two Critical Response Command officers from the Counterterrorism Bureau that the man had headed south on Fifth Avenue, where the police caught up with him and questioned him, Miller explained.
"His answers were inconsistent and evasive, although he remained conversational with them and cooperative," said Miller. "His story was that he was cutting through the Cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, and that his car had run out of gas."
NYPD officers checked his vehicle and found it wasn't out of gas. The individual was taken into custody and brought to the Midtown North Station House, according to Miller.
Miller credited "very good work" by both the Cathedral security and CRC officers.
This story is courtesy of TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro.