In an event that, no doubt, adds salt to the wounds still recovering from the massive fire that destroyed the top section and iconic spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, another potential tragedy was averted on Wednesday in New York City.
According to reporting by BuzzFeed News, a man who parked his vehicle near the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, attempted to walk into the church with gasoline canisters, lighter fluid and lighters. Thankfully, he was stopped by a security guard who informed him that he could not enter while carrying these flammable items.
On Wednesday night in front of the church, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, John Miller, told reporters that the man’s motives are under investigation by his department, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Around 7:55pm, a man walked into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan with gas cans and lighter fluid, and was subsequently apprehended by @NYPDCT without incident. We thank our partners for their help, and remember – if you see something, say something. pic.twitter.com/qEbmklnqzQ
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 18, 2019
In part, Miller stated:
‘It’s hard to say exactly what his intentions were but I think the totality of an individual walking into an iconic location carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something we would have great concern over.
‘We’re looking into his background and talking to a couple of other agencies.’
According to early reports, when the man was questioned, he gave very “inconsistent answers,” according to John Miller.
‘His answers were inconsistent and evasive, although he remained conversational with them and cooperative.’
While little is known of the man with ill-intent, WGNO, an affiliate of ABC News, reports that the man apprehended is from New Jersey and is known to police. He is 37 years old and has ben described as “an emotionally disturbed.”
No one was injured at the time of the incident and apprehension.
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.