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NEW YORK - The college philosophy teacher accused of entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan with gasoline cans, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also booked a hotel just 20 minutes from the Vatican, a New York prosecutor said Wednesday.
Police previously said that Marc Lamparello had booked a flight to Rome for the next day.
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Assistant District Attorney David Stuart said during a brief court hearing that Lamparello was “planning to burn down St. Patrick’s Cathedral” when he was arrested last week.
The prosecutor made no further remarks about the Rome plans but referred to Lamparello as a flight risk. He said Lamparello had spent “considerable time planning and surveilling” St. Patrick’s before his arrest.
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Lamparello told police his vehicle had run out of gas and that he was “taking a short cut through the church,” according to a charging document made public Wednesday.
The document says Lamparello was stopped by a church employee upon entering the cathedral. The employee told police that he...
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