NEW YORK – A college teacher was arrested when he entered St. Patrick's Cathedral. He had arrested two cans of gasoline, lighter liquid and butane lighters in this New Jersey cathedral and booked a Thursday flight to Rome. said the New York Police Department.
Marc Lamparello, 37, faces arrest in New York City's landmark after his arrest on Wednesday, including attempted arson and reckless vulnerability, said John Miller, deputy intelligence commissioner for the New York City Department of Counter-Terrorism. It happened only a few days after the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was hit by flames. Lamparello remained in police custody on Thursday and had not been charged. There was no obvious link with terrorism, Miller said.
It was not immediately clear if Lamparello had a lawyer who could speak for him. A man who left his parents' home Thursday in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, near New York City, had no comment for a reporter when asked about Lamparello.
Lamparello "was not funny," said a neighbor, Salvatore Altomare, He added that "he seemed like a nice guy and went straight."
Altomare described the family as "very good people, they are real Americans – try to do the right thing." 19659005] Lamparello is a philosophy teacher and taught at New York's Lehman and Brooklyn Colleges and Seton Hall University in New Jersey. The Lehman website listed him as a PhD student. Candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
In a statement, Lehman College spokeswoman Sarah Ramsey said, "We know that a person was arrested last night after an incident at St. Patrick's Cathedral." The person was hired by Lehman College in this academic one Year and was a part-time online instructor this semester, we take appropriate steps to end the individual's employment at the college. "
Miller said surveillance camera footage showed that philosophy professor Lamparello St. Patrick & # He rounded an hour in a minivan several times before parking in front of the cathedral on Fifth Avenue, walking around the area, returning to his vehicle, picking up the petrol and lighter fluid.
When he entered the church, He was confronted by a security guard who notified the outside police officers. Miller told the officer his car was empty and headed in a direction he was parked in, Miller said.
The officers found his vehicle and realized that it was not gasoline, Miller said.
St. Patrick's on Wednesday, Miller said, Lamparello booked a ticket for $ 2,800 at 17:20 Thursday's flight to Italy.
He was arrested Monday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey, after refusing to leave at closing time, Miller said. Maria Margiotta, a spokeswoman for the Newark Archdiocese, declined to comment on the details of the arrest on Monday, citing the ongoing police investigation. Our "security is vigilant and ensures a safe environment for all visitors," she said.
Porter reported from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Rhonda Shafner, Associate Press, and authors Deepti Hajela and Michael R. Sisak contributed to the report.