NYPD charges philosophy professor Marc Lamparello with attempted arson at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
On Thursday, Marc Lamparello, a 37-year-old New Jersey man and a professor at the City University of New York, was also charged with reckless endangerment and trespassing. He was arrested Wednesday after he attempted to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two 2-gallon cans of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters.
UPDATE: Marc Lamparello, 37, of New Jersey, has been charged with Attempted Arson, Reckless Endagerment and Trespassing. https://t.co/PYuOrqo1zS
Church security escorted him from the building and he told police he tried to cut through the church from Madison Avenue with gasoline for his car. However, police said his vehicle already had fuel and Lamparello was arrested.
Lamparello was also arrested on Monday for refusing to leave Newark’s Sacred Heart Cathedral, saying it was a house of God and should never close. He was charged with resisting arrest, defiant trespassing and interfering with the administration of law, the New York Times reported.
“We are aware that an individual was arrested last night after an incident at St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” Lehman College spokeswoman Sarah Ramsey said in a statement. “The individual was hired at Lehman College during this academic year and was a part-time online instructor this semester. We are taking the appropriate steps to terminate that individual’s employment with the college.”