New York City, N.Y., Apr 18, 2019 / 15:08 pm
The man who attempted to enter New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying gasoline, lighter fluid, and a lighter will face criminal charges. The attempted entry was the second time this week the man was arrested at a Catholic cathedral.
Marc Lamparello, 37, was apprehended April 17 by St. Patrick's Cathedral security around 8 p.m. and taken into police custody by officers with the NYPD Critical Response Command. He apparently intended to start a fire, and police said he had a car nearby to escape the scene.
Lamparello was charged Thursday with attempted arson, reckless endangerment, and illegally transporting flammable materials in public places.
Earlier this week, Lamparello was arrested for refusing to leave the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.