Nothing to see here, folks. Just a man arrested with gasoline and matches near the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in NYC:
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) December 7, 2016
And here’s the best part — he was arrested thanks to a tip from a Fox News employee. From NBC News:
Officers were alerted to him by a Fox News employee who reported that a man, later identified as Yuriy Alterman, 38, of the Bronx, was yelling anti-police slurs and throwing a bottle, police said.
The man was intercepted before he could get near the crowds in Rockefeller Plaza, where the traditional Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up last week outside NBC’s world headquarters.
At the time of his arrest, the man was carrying a red 2-gallon gasoline can half-filled with a fluid that smelled like gasoline, as well as matches and a book called “Sons of Hama,” according to the NYPD.
It’s not clear exactly what book Alterman had on him when he was arrested as NBC News added this correction to the piece:
Editors note: An earlier version of this story said the book allegedly carried by the suspect was called “Son of Hamas.”
We’ll update as soon as we know more.