A man was arrested outside St. Patrick's Cathedral Wednesday evening after allegedly attempting to inject gas cans and lighter liquids, New said York Police Department. NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller said the suspect was stopped by security forces when he tried to enter the church, even though some gas was spilled outside the church.
Miller said the suspect said he wanted to cut the church to get to Madison Avenue, and he would take the jerry cans because his car was out of gas. However, the police found that this was not the case when they checked the vehicle.
Miller said it was "too early" to determine his motive. "This is a place where we have always increased safety," Miller said.
Miller said the suspect is already known to the police and they look into his background. His identity has not been published yet.
St. Patrick's was open at the time of the arrest and this is the holiest week of the year for Catholics.
The arrest takes place only a few days after a fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The cause of this flame remains unclear.
Earlier this week during Palm Sunday worship, there was a fire in Manhattan's St. John the Divine Cathedral. Coke New York reported that shortly after 10 am, after a fire had broken out in the basement, the dome was filled with smoke.