SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and Hasbrouck Heights resident who was arrested during the week for trying to bring cans of gasoline into St. Patrick's Cathedral is no longer working at the university, according to a university spokesperson.
Marc Lamparello, 37, was arrested on Wednesday night for attempting to carry cans of gasoline, lighters and lighter fluid into St. Patrick's Catherdral, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Lamparello was charged with attempted arson, reckless endangerment and trespassing.
The incident occurred during Holy Week, which leads up to Easter, and two days after a massive fire tore through the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Seton Hall University Spokesperson Laurie Pine said Lamparello was hired by the university in 2018 as a part-time adjunct philosophy instructor. Pine could not confirm whether he has been fired, but issued a statement after the incident occurred.
"Although Marc Lamparello had an appointment as a part-time adjunct instructor at Seton Hall for the spring 2019 semester, he is no longer working at the university," said Pine. "Seton Hall's top priortiy is the education and welfare of our students and the entire campus community."
According to John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Lamparello was stopped by a security officer at St. Patrick's Cathedral around 8 p.m. Wednesday night and was told that he could not bring the items inside of the cathedral.
The employee then notified two critical response command officers from the Counterterrorism Bureau that he fied south on Fifth Avenue, according to Miller. Police then found and questioned him.
"His answers were inconsistent and evasive, although he remained conversational with them and cooperative," Miller said during a press conference Wednesday night. "His story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, and that his car had run out of gas."
Miller noted that NYPD officers found that his vehicle was not out of gas.
The suspect was then taken into custody and brought to the Midtown North Station House.