connectVideoMan arrested trying to bring gas cans in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in new YORK
A man was taken into custody in New York Wednesday evening after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral, carrying two cans of gas, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters, authorities said.
The man, whose identity will be released once he is formally charged, was stopped by a cathedral security officer, New York City, Police said. The man turned around, with some petrol, and headed south on Fifth Avenue and 50th street.
Cathedral security reported two Critical Response Command (CRC) officers-part of a “striker team”– outside the cathedral.
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Investigators said the man was cooperative but acted evasively and offered the police was not consistent with some answers. He told officials that he was “cutting through the cathedral and on Madison Avenue” and that “his car ran out of gas,” police said. But when the police checked the man’s minivan, the gas tank is not empty.
The man was taken into custody and to the centre of the North Station House, police said. It is still too early to consider it terrorism, but “I think, if added to the events at the iconic venue of the Notre Dame cathedral and all the publicity around that, I think this is a good indication of something that would be very suspicious,” John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence & counter-terrorism of the NYPD, said.
The FBI is assisting in the investigation. Officials said that a “heavy police presence” was in the vicinity of the church, which is located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
The incident at St. Patrick’s Cathedral occurred days after Paris, the Notre Dame Cathedral was heavily damaged in a fire. awash with fire for an hour.
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Two-thirds of the cathedral is burned before the fire is brought under control. The incident is being investigated as an accident.