Man With Gasoline Can Arrested At New York's St Patrick's Cathedral

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EarthCam/Getty There was a heavy police presence on April 17 at the St. Patrick's Cathedral in NY after a man with two gasoline cans walked inside and was arrested, authorities say.

The man entered the Catholic cathedral in Midtown Manhattan just before 8:00 p.m. and was confronted by a security guard, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) official said.

"His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue because his vehicle was out of gas. That his auto had run out of gas", Miller added.

He spilt gasoline on the ground and officers took him into custody. Check back for updates.

Authorities said Marc Lamparello, 37, could be seen on area security cameras parking a minivan on Fifth Avenue and walking around the area.

He also was issued three summonses charging him with defiant trespass, disorderly persons and obstruction of the administration of justice on Monday after he refused to leave Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura said. Counterterrorism NYPD officers were at the scene.

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Police in NY have arrested a man after he entered St Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of petrol, lighter fluid and butane lighters, just days after a fire badly damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

A page on Amazon.com describes Lamparello's 2016 book, "Reason and Counterpoint", as offering "ambitious and highly creative answers to some of the most vexing philosophical questions".

The promotion happens shortly after the Notre-Dame de Paris fire on Monday, which broke out the roof of the cathedral and caused severe damage to the higher walls, building interior, windows, and several pieces of art.

On Tuesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of NY, said the Notre Dame fire left him anxious about St. Patrick's, which is also a historic structure with a recently repaired wooden roof.

He has lectured at Seton Hall University, Lehman College in the Bronx and Brooklyn College and reportedly was studying to earn a Ph.D.in philosophy at CUNY. The iconic New York City cathedral was built in 1878. Heavy.com notes that he's also an author who had among his current projects a "witty dialogue on arguments for and against the existence of God".

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