SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The adjunct professor at Seton Hall University who was arrested earlier this 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, of Hasbrouck Heights, was arrested on Wednesday night for trying to carry cans of gasoline, lighters and lighter fluid into St. Patrick's Catherdral, according to the New York Police Department. 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 A. Pine said Lamparello was hired by the university in 2018 as a part-time adjunct philosophy instructor. Pine couldn't confirm if 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," Pine stated. "Seton Hall's top priortiy is the education and welfare of our students and the entire campus community."
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Lamparello was stopped by a security officer at St. Patrick's Cathedral around 8 p.m. Wednesday night who told him that he couldn't bring the items inside of the cathedral, said Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller during a press conference on Wednesday night.
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, according to Miller.
"His answers were inconsistent and evasive, although he remained conversational with them and cooperative. 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 said, but noted that NYPD officers found that his vehicle wasn't out of gas.
He was then taken into custody and brought to the Midtown North Station House.