UPDATE: The New York Police Department has charged Marc Lamparello, 37, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, with Attempted Arson, Reckless Endagerment and Trespassing.
According to a representative of the Office of Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Lamparello was to be brought to central booking to face a judge on Thursday.
NEW YORK, NY -- A man reportedly from Hasbrouck Heights 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 7:55pm, he returned to the van and retrieved two two-gallon cans containing gasoline, and a plastic bag with two bottles of lighter fluid (the kind to light a charcoal grill), and two extended butane light sticks and entered the cathedral. He was confronted by a Cathedral security officer who asked where he was going, and explained he couldn't enter carrying those items.
"At that point, some of the gasoline 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, explained Miller.
"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.
The New York Police Department has not officially announced the name of the individual. This is a developing story.
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