NYPD arrest man carrying gas canister and matches at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center TreeGetty/ Theo WargoA view of the 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center on November 30, 2016 in New York City.

The New York Police Department arrested a man who was carrying a gas canister and matches near Rockefeller Plaza on Monday.

NYPD officials arrested and charged the man, identified as 38-year-old Yuriy Alterman from the Bronx, for disorderly conduct and making a terroristic threat, a police spokesman told Business Insider.

Alterman was also carrying a book titled “Son of Hamas” when he was arrested, officials said.

Police officers were alerted at 2:45 p.m. of a man who was acting erratically and was heard yelling “F— the NYPD,” police said.

When officers questioned Alterman, he allegedly told them: “Sometimes you guys do things that make others do things, even though that’s not who we are.”

“Have you seen the news today?” he added.

NYPD officials did not provide more information about what Alterman’s comments referred to.

According to police, Alterman had previously been arrested four times in New York City and had an outstanding warrant at the time of his arrest.

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