A man was arrested on Wednesday night in New York after stepping into St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two jerrycans, two bottles of lighter liquid, and two butane lighters, the authorities said.
The man whose identity is released Once he is formally charged, he was arrested by a security guard from the cathedral, New York City police said. The man turned, spilled gas, and headed south onto Fifth Avenue and 50th Street.
The security authority of the cathedral informed two CRC officers – part of a "strike team" – outside the cathedral.
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The investigators said the man was cooperative, but act evasive and offered some answers to the police. He told the officials that he "cuts the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue" and that "his car runs out of gas," the police said. But when the police checked the man's minivan, his tank was not empty.
The man was arrested and taken to Midtown North Station House, police said. It's still too early to think about terrorism, but "I think taking into account the events at the iconic Notre Dame and the general public around the subject, I think that's an indicator of something that is very suspected, "said John Miller NYPD Deputy Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Officer.
The FBI supports the investigation. Officials said a "heavy police presence" is in the area of the church, which is located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
The incident in St. Patrick's Cathedral occurred a few days after the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris during a fire. sunk in flames for hours.
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. Two-thirds of the cathedral burned before the fire was brought under control. The incident is being investigated as an accident.