A man will be charged with attempted arson and reckless endangerment after he tried to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on Wednesday night with gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters. Police identified the suspect on Thursday as Marc Lamparello.
The incident comes days after the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned in what officials say could be an accident related to renovation work. Lamparello did not make any references to Notre Dame while speaking to investigators, authorities said Thursday.
The suspect had booked a flight to Italy that was set to leave Thursday evening, authorities said. It’s unclear when he will be arraigned.
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