Man tries to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral with cans of gasoline, taken into police custody
A 37-year-old man has been taken into custody after trying to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral with cans of gasoline.
Sources tell CBS2 that the suspect was stopped by church ushers who quickly alerted police around 9:30 p.m.
Police sources add that the man is from New Jersey and was detained while investigators determine his mental state.
The 37-year-old was allegedly trying to carry multiple canisters of gasoline into St. Patrick’s when he was spotted by church officials.
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
Southbound traffic on Fifth Avenue around the church has been shut down while the investigation continues.
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