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Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s church

Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s church

April 18th, 2019 in National News

This Sept. 6, 2018, photo shows St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. A New Jersey man has been arrested outside the cathedral with two jugs of gasoline. Police say church personnel stopped the 37-year-old man from entering the landmark cathedral in Manhattan at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Authorities were investigating whether the unidentified man is emotionally disturbed. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man has been arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two cans of gasoline.

Police said the 37-year-old man was stopped by security after he entered the landmark cathedral in Manhattan just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

As the man was turned, police said gasoline spilled out onto the floor. Security then notified nearby police who questioned the man outside the church and took him into custody.

Police said the man was carrying over four gallons of gas, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters.

Police are still talking to the man, who claimed his minivan had run out of gas.

The incident comes just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.