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Man arrested in NYC cathedral.

NEW YORK * A man arrested by New York police after he tried to walk through St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan with flammables late April 17 has been charged with attempted arson, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Marc Lamparello, 37, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, was carrying gas cans, lighter fluid and igniters when security staff at the cathedral stopped him. He said he was just cutting through to get to Madison Avenue where he had left his car, which he said had run out of gas.

The security staff told him he couldn't "proceed into the cathedral carrying [those] things," a spokesman for the New York Police Department told reporters later in describing the incident.

Officers followed the man, caught up to him, and after questioning him about his reason for being at the cathedral, they arrested him "without incident." He was charged April 18. Police said the man had a minivan, not out of gas, parked on Fifth Avenue outside the cathedral.

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Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Date:May 3, 2019
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