The person who allegedly introduced fuel cans and lighter fluid into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York Metropolis has taught philosophy at totally different schools in New York and New Jersey, faculty officers stated.
Marc Lamparello, 37, was arrested on Wednesday night time and was charged with tried arson and reckless endangerment. He was taken into custody after a safety guard on the cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan noticed him.
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He was cooperative however acted evasively, the New York Police Division stated. Lamparello allegedly informed officers that he was “chopping by the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue” and that “his automobile ran out of fuel,” police stated. However when police reportedly checked the person’s minivan, its fuel tank wasn’t empty.
John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, stated surveillance digital camera footage confirmed Lamparello circling St. Patrick’s a number of instances in a minivan nicely over an hour earlier than he parked outdoors the cathedral on Fifth Avenue, walked across the space, returned to his car, and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid.
Marc Lamparello, 37, was arrested on Wednesday after he was caught was gasoline and lighter fluid at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
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The incident on the cathedral got here two days after Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was ravaged by a hearth that investigators stated Thursday was most certainly electrical. After Lamparello’s arrest, police stated there “does not seem like any connection to any terrorist group or any terrorist-related intent right here.”
Lamparello was additionally arrested on Monday in Newark, New Jersey after he allegedly would not depart the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Coronary heart at closing time after a late Mass.
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The person was calm and respectful to officers however was adamant about not leaving the cathedral, in response to the Essex County Sheriff’s Workplace.
“He stated, ‘This can be a home of God, it must be open, I am not leaving. You will must lock me up,'” Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated.
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Lamparello has labored as a part-time on-line teacher at Lehman Faculty in New York, and taught philosophy as a part-time adjunct teacher at Seton Corridor College in New Jersey, each colleges confirmed to Fox Information on Thursday.
Brooklyn Faculty stated in an announcement that as a result of Lamparello is a PhD pupil on the Faculty of New York’s Graduate Heart, he’s required to show a course on campus, and was assigned to the college.
Sarah Ramsey, a spokesperson for Lehman, stated the college is conscious of what occurred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and is “taking acceptable steps to terminate the person’s employment with the school,” whereas Seton Corridor stated Lamparella is now not working with the college, as their “high precedence is the training and welfare of our college students and your entire campus group.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.