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Man Charged After Being Caught With Matches & Gas Can Near The Rockefeller Christmas Tree

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Yuriy Alterman, 38, was caught by police carrying a gas can, matches, and a copy of Son of Hamas, a book written by the son of a terror group founder, and has been charged with making terroristic threats near New York’s Rockefeller Christmas tree on Tuesday afternoon. Police at the scene said Alterman was acting erratically and threw a bottle into the street, becoming combative and screaming expletives at officers when the approached.

Via The Daily Mail:

Police say he was carrying a red can containing a liquid that smelled like gasoline and matches.  Police said Alterman, of the Bronx, was also carrying a book called ‘Son of Hamas’, which is about the son of one of the founders of the deadly terrorist group Hamas.

Alterman was arrested before he could get near the crowds in Rockefeller Plaza where the iconic Christmas tree was lit up last week. 

Police said he didn’t get close to the Christmas tree.

Alterman told officers that he didn’t intend to set anything on fire, but he has been charged with making terroristic threats, obstruction of government administration, and disorderly conduct. It’s unclear if he has an attorney and he was expected to be arraigned Tuesday night.

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