A man from New Jersey was caught in St. Patrick's Cathedral on Wednesday evening after a walk with two jerrycans and lighters.
Marc Lamparello, 37, entered the historic Midtown church around 8:00 pm. With the flammable paraphernalia, however, it was quickly intercepted by church security, said police sources.
The man told the church guards that he was cutting the church because his car, parked outside, was out of gas. [19659002Thefireburnturnedoverandburiedsomeofthestaffandthechurch'sstaffinthevicinityofthepolicestationforthefightagainstterrorism
The police quickly caught up with the suspect and arrested him and took a bag of two bottles of Kingsford lighter fluid and two grilling lighters.
The suspect's brownish minivan was standing in front of St. Patrick's on Fifth Avenue, but the police said it was not fuel.
NYPD Deputy Inspector John Miller called Lamperallo's actions "very suspicious."
Miller also said that during the incident, there were people in the church and Lamparello "created a danger".
The incident occurs only a few days after Pari The cathedral of Notre Dame burst into flames, destroying the tower and severely damaging the historic building.
Lamperallo was not arrested late Wednesday evening by any charges, but detained by police officers.
Additional coverage by Adam Schrader and Kenneth Garger