As more is learned about the background of attempted-arsonist, Marc Lamparello, the more disturbing the case becomes.
Fox News has shared this update: “Police say a man arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid, and butane lighters had booked a flight to Italy and had also been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral a few days ago."
"Deputy New York Police Commissioner John Miller says 37-year-old Marc Lamparello is facing charges including attempted arson and reckless endangerment for after his arrest Wednesday night at the New York City landmark.
"It happened just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris."
Very few details were available at the time of the incident, but police emphasized that they would be looking into Lamparello’s background. And the first things they discovered are very telling.
We know that Lamparello is a 37-year-old New Jersey professor of philosophy who was previously associated with the Catholic Church. Now we learn that this may not have been his first attempt to cause harm to a church.
Authorities are not saying anything else at this time about the purported airline ticket to Italy, but we all know that Rome is the location of the Vatican City, the center of the Catholic Church.
Investigators are trying to come up with a motive for the near-tragedy, and are likely investigating all aspects of his life.
This is a developing story. Please check back for further updates.