New York City police officers arrested a man who entered St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid, and two butane lighters, according to authorities.
Found Carrying Over Four Gallons of Gasoline
The 37-year-old man, who has not been identified until he is formally charged, was carrying over four gallons of gasoline when he was stopped inside the church by a Cathedral security officer. The man spilled some gasoline on the floor as he turned around, then walked south onto Fifth Avenue and over to 50th St.
When questioned by police, the man told officers he was “cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue” and that “his car ran out of gas.” However, when officers checked the man’s minivan, its gas tank wasn’t empty, police said.
The FBI is also assisting with the investigation and a heavy police presence remains around the church. Authorities are not calling it an act of potential terrorism at this time.