This was the second church-related arrest for Lamparello in a week
Marc Lamparello, a 37-year-old man—who was arrested for carrying two cans of gasoline into New York City’s St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday—is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the City University of New York as well as a listed teacher of the subject at Brooklyn College.
According to police sources quoted by the New York Times, there appears to be no connection between Lamparello and a terrorist group. The motive behind his entering the cathedral with the gasoline is yet to be revealed, but he has been held on charges of attempted arson and reckless endangerment.
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On Thursday, police took Lamparello to Bellevue Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation, and it is still unclear when he will appear before a court.
Inspection of his online biography on Amazon.com by the New York Times reveals that Lamparello has an interest in questions of religion. At least one of the courses he taught included some focus on religion.
This was the second church-related arrest for Lamparello in a week, as he was arrested for refusing to leave Newark’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on Monday night.
On Wednesday, Lamparello entered St Patrick’s Cathedral with two cans of gasoline, lighters, and lighter fluid. He was about 20 feet into the church when he was stopped by ushers.
Lamparello claimed he was taking a shortcut through the cathedral to get to his van, which had run out of gas. However, he was still denied entry, and it was later discovered that his minivan was not out of fuel, police said.
Lamparello was arrested by police when exiting the cathedral. He had sloshed a trail of gasoline on the floor on his way out.