Marc Lamparello drove and walked around the St. Patrick’s Cathedral before he entered the church holding gallons of gasoline and lighters. However, the New York police was quick enough to identify a threat and end the danger for the cathedral. The guy walked 20 feet in the church on the Wednesday evening. However, an usher approached the guy and told him that he couldn’t be there holding cans of gasoline with lighters.
When the guy was arrested, he gave a statement in his defence. According to the statement, he was running through the church because his parked van had ran out of the gasoline. Upon checking the police confirmed that the van had gasoline in the tank. Lamparello would be charged with trespassing, reckless endangerment and attempted arson.
The suspect was living in a hotel in New York for several weeks. He refused to admit that his intentions were wrong when he got arrested by the police. It’s worth mentioning that this incident happened when Notre Dame is already destroyed after a fire blazed inside of it a couple of days back. The authorities might have that in mind when they arrested Lamparello. During the arrest, the suspect also got into a physical altercation with the Sheriff’s office deputies in Essex County.
The purpose of his action is not yet clear. However, what so ever he was doing to do was dangerous for the church. The police arrived on time and they neutralized the danger keeping in mind that their church was in trouble. Authorities said that the suspect didn’t give any references to the incident of Notre Dame. The authorities might have been thinking that the suspect was inspired from the Notre Dame incident.
It’s hard to say exactly what his intentions were, but I think the totality of circumstances of an individual walking into an iconic location like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something we would have great concern over. (said New York police Deputy Commissioner)