Man arrested after approaching historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral with gas cans, light fluid originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
A man was arrested in New York City on Wednesday night after he tried to enter a cathedral with gas cans, triggering worries about a possible arson attempt in the wake of a destructive fire at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Officers with the New York Police Department said they arrested a 37-year-old man outside of the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral after he entered the building with two gasoline cans, two bottles of lighter fluid and butane lighters.
A cathedral security officer stopped the man, who spilled some gasoline on the floor and alerted counterterrorism officers who were standing nearby. An officer with the NYPD’s Critical Response Command took the man, into custody without incident.