New York police arrested a New Jersey man on Wednesday night trying to enter St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral with two gasoline cans.
The man was identified as Marc Pamparello from New Jersey.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is located on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets across the street from Rockefeller Center in one of the busiest areas of Manhattan.
New York NBC 4 reported:
The 37-year-old man from New Jersey, identified by law enforcement sources as Marc Lamparello, walked up to the cathedral in Midtown with at least two plastic gas canisters around 8 p.m. Wednesday, the NYPD and a senior police official said.
Security stopped the man near the cathedral’s entrance before he could go inside, according to two senior police officials.
BREAKING: Man taken into custody by NYPD after walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan with 2 gasoline cans.
News is reporting the man “seemed emotionally disturbed”. They are not ruling out Terrorism at this time according to NBC news. pic.twitter.com/9TvuAJUBb6
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) April 18, 2019
They are calling the man “emotionally disturbed.”
BREAKING: A 37-year-old emotionally disturbed man was apprehended by the NYPD Counterterrorism Unit after bringing gas cans into St. Patrick’s Cathedral tonight. No one was injured. NYPD press conference shortly pic.twitter.com/Gp05G3z6cf
— Lauren del Valle (@Lauren_delvalle) April 18, 2019
UPDATE– The Man Lied to Police….
The suspect’s story to police? “His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue – that his car had ran out of gas.”
But police then looked at the suspect’s vehicle. “It was not out of gas. At that point, he was taken into custody.”
— Kurt Chirbas (@kchirbas) April 18, 2019