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Man Accused of Trying to Burn Down St. Patrick's Cathedral Deemed Mentally Unfit for Trial

The Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, man was arrested in April after police said he took gas cans and lighters into the landmark church

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    Man Charged After Arrest at St. Patrick's

    The man accused of bringing gasoline and lighter fluid into St. Patrick's Cathedral was arrested at another cathedral earlier this week. Marc Santia and Brian Thompson report from Midtown and Newark. (Published Thursday, April 18, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Judge Neil Ross of Manhattan Supreme Court said Thursday he plans to commit Marc Lamparello to a mental health facility for rehabilitation

    • The results of Lamparello's court-ordered psychiatric evaluation will postpone his case indefinitely.

    • The Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, man was arrested in April after police said he took gas cans and lighters into the landmark church

    The college philosophy teacher charged with plotting to burn down St. Patrick's Cathedral is not mentally fit for trial, prosecutors say. 

    Judge Neil Ross of Manhattan Supreme Court said Thursday he plans to commit Marc Lamparello to a mental health facility for rehabilitation. 

    The results of Lamparello's court-ordered psychiatric evaluation will postpone his case indefinitely. 

    The Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, man was arrested in April after police said he took gas cans and lighters into the landmark church. 

    Man Arrested at St. Patrick's to Face Judge

    [NY] Man Arrested at St. Patrick's to Face Judge

    A man who tried to walk into St. Patrick's Cathedral with gas cans and lighter fluid was arrested at a different church a few days ago. Michael George reports.

    (Published Thursday, April 18, 2019)

    His arrest came days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 

    Lamparello has pleaded not guilty to attempted arson and reckless endangerment. 

    Defense attorney Chris DiLorenzo has attributed the St. Patrick's incident to a psychotic episode. 

    He tells The Associated Press that Lamparello has undergone mental health treatment for years.

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