NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man has been arrested after police said he set fire to a pew inside an Upper East Side church.
It happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Heavenly Rest on East 90th Street.READ MORE: Join Us For Our Candidate Conversation With Jack Ciattarelli Tonight At 7 p.m. On CBSN New York
Church officials told police that a man walked into the church and started to stack pew cushions and some paper he had been tearing up onto the pew and then lit it on fire, authorities said.
When asked what he was doing, he said, “Don’t worry, it’s a New Year’s fire,” according to police. He then broke a glass window inside the vestibule with what is believed to be a paper weight, police said.READ MORE: De Blasio Administration 'Disappointed' With Judge's Decision To Temporarily Stop Plan To Change City Retiree Health Benefits
Police were called and when officers arrived, they apprehended the man as he tried to run out the church’s back door, authorities said.
The FDNY also responded and put out the fire. Police released a photo of the damaged pew.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Suspect Grabbed 11-Year-Old Girl's Hair, Tried To Choke Her At Stuyvesant Square Park
The suspect, identified as Regis De Foucauld, was arrested on arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment charges, police said. He was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an evaluation.