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The philosophy teacher commissioned last week to transport gas cans and light liquid into St. Patrick's Cathedral The prosecutor had a clear plan to set the landmark of Fifth Avenue on fire.
The man, Marc Lamparello, had also booked a one-way flight to Rome – and a hotel room just a 20-minute drive from the Vatican. A prosecutor told a judge on Wednesday.
His intention? "To burn St. Patrick's Cathedral," Stuart said.
Mr. Lamparello, a 37-year-old student and philosophy teacher, watched Wednesday continue the video-closed circuit connection to the Bellevue Hospital Center, where he sat next to his lawyer Christopher DiLorenzo in a hospital gown.
He was charged with attempted second-degree arson because of the April 17 incident and faces imprisonment up to 15 years in prison. The judge ordered that he be held in Bellevue without bail for a psychiatric examination. He did not file an objection at the hearing and his lawyer could not be asked to comment immediately.
Mr. According to Stuart, the investigators received telephone communications and other materials under a search warrant stating that Mr. Lamparello wanted to start a fire and that he had "spent considerable time planning and monitoring the site."
The church is ringing the Lord Lamparello about 20 feet deep the doors of the church last Wednesday. One came up to him and smelled loudly a criminal complaint "after a strong Benzingeruch". The gatekeepers told Mr Lamparello that he could not stay in the church.
He walked away and spilled gasoline on the ground, authorities said. Outside, a police officer discovered him with the gas canisters and a black bag containing two light liquid containers and a lighter, according to the lawsuit.
Mr. Lamparello, who has addresses in Brooklyn and New Jersey, told the officer that his van was out of gas and he tried to take a shortcut through the church to return to the vehicle. He was initially accused of resisting the arrest, stubbornly obstructing the entry of the laws.
It was the second church arrest this week for Mr. Lamparello. On April 15, he was arrested at Newark's Sacred Heart Cathedral after police said he refused to leave the sanctuary. He told the officers that the church is a house of God and should be open at all hours before they throw themselves to the ground and swear to stay, the authorities said.