NEW YORK — A bishop was robbed at gunpoint in the course of a sermon Sunday in Brooklyn, and it was caught on video,.
Bishop Lamor Whitehead says 5 to 10 minutes into the sermon, he noticed the door at the back of the room kicked open and three to 4 males walked in with weapons. He believes he was focused, the station says. The service was being livestreamed.
“I stated, ‘Alright, alright, alright,’ just about stating that I am not going to do something as a result of I do know you are coming for me. You are coming straight to me. I do not need my parishioners harm. I’ve obtained girls and youngsters there,” stated Whitehead, of Leaders of Tomorrow Worldwide Ministries.
“As I obtained down, one went to my spouse and took all her jewellery and had the gun in entrance of my 8-month-old child’s face. Took off my bishop’s ring, my marriage ceremony band and took off my bishop’s chain, after which I had chains beneath my gown and he began tapping my neck to see if anything. So which means they knew. They watched they usually knew that I’ve different jewellery,” he defined.
The church’s livestream exhibits the gun being held on the pastor.
“That they had weapons on my deacons that was on the door,” stated Whitehead.
What you do not see on digicam, Whitehead stated, are round 100 congregants who had been within the room. Males, girls and youngsters dropped to the ground in silence.
“My church is traumatized. The ladies and youngsters are nonetheless crying. Infants are nonetheless crying,” stated Whitehead.
Based on police, the boys took off in a white Mercedes. Whitehead stated cops have a license plate and witnesses noticed the boys change garments exterior.
“These males, they should flip themselves in,” Whitehead stated. “I forgive you and I am praying for you, and I hope that God delivers you from the mindset of who you might be presently.”
Whitehead believes his household was focused due to the publicity he obtained when he helped flip within the suspect wished within the.
“I turned him in, however the media referred to as me ‘the bling, bling bishop.’ That they had my Rolls-Royce caw throughout all over the place, and I really feel that that performed a component on this,” stated Whitehead. “I believe all pastors ought to have the ability to get permits for pistols.”
The NYPD is investigating and Whitehead stated Mayor Eric Adams and high police brass have referred to as him pledging help to search out the suspects.
In an announcement, a spokesperson for the mayor stated, “Nobody on this metropolis needs to be the sufferer of armed theft, not to mention our religion leaders and congregants worshiping in a Home of God. The NYPD is investigating this crime and can work tirelessly to carry the criminals concerned to justice.”
Nobody was harm throughout the theft.