Tuesday afternoon, a man carrying a two-gallon gasoline can with fuel and matches was arrested after making terroristic threats near the famous Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree in New York City.
A Fox News employee noticed a man yelling hateful things towards the police and throwing a bottle.
After notifying the police, officers followed the man as he approached Rockefeller Plaza. He was apprehended before reaching the crowds surrounding the famed Christmas tree.
The police identified the man as Yuriy Alterman, 38, of Bronx New York.
According to the NYPD, the man was found with a gas can, matches and a book called “Sons of Hama”.
The book is an autobiography by the son of the founder of the Palestinian militant group named Hamas.
There are no reports of criminal intent or terrorism connections, but a source that spoke to the New York Daily News said he didn’t have a car.
“He said he has no car and he was just walking around the city.”
A man with no car was carrying gas and matches around one of the busiest tourist attraction during the holidays; no wonder the police arrested him.
This isn’t Alterman’s first run in with the law. He has prior arrests for criminal mischief, assault, fare evasion and obstructing governmental administration.
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