Bishop arrested after altercation with two women in church mid-sermon

A New York bishop who was robbed at gunpoint in the middle of a sermon last summer was arrested in another post-sermon incident after he grabbed a woman he believed posed a threat to his in the world depicted a family sitting nearby.

They’re locking me in front of my kids, in front of my wife, in front of my church,” Lamar Whitehead, 44, told the New York Daily News in an interview after being released from a holding cell two hours after Sunday’s altercation. “They embarrassed me publicly and then after two hours dropped all charges and apologized to me.”

While delivering a homily at Leader’s of Tomorrow international ministry in Canarsie on Sunday, Mr Whitehead told the outlet he saw two women enter the church and scoot to the back rows of the building.

The bishop says his awareness was raised because the women’s behavior seemed to hark back to the same behavior he had seen from a group of men last July who robbed him at gunpoint while he was preaching. He noted that the pair “had entered the same way when my church was robbed.”

Social media footage of the incident shows the bishop calling the two women to the pulpit and asking if they “want to preach,” before joking that he’s “going to make you famous.”

One of the women is heard screaming offscreen before the bishop yells for someone to “get her out of here.” news reported.

One of the women then reportedly ran down the aisle, after which he claims he was only thinking of his wife and child who were sitting nearby.

“She came back and charged at my wife and 10-month-old baby,” he continued. “She walked towards my wife and I grabbed her. I grabbed her and took her out of my church.”

The incident raised all-too-familiar fears of a robbery that took place at the Episcopal Church last summer. As the woman charged at him, all he could remember was “the guys with guns, putting their guns in my baby’s face.”

In that incident in July, Mr Whitehead could be heard on an Instagram livestream saying “alright, alright” as he was seen raising his hands and then walking to the ground as a masked attacker in the by ABC7 surviving footage appeared on the screen.

The robbers demanded jewelry from Mr Whitehead and his wife, 38, police said. They eventually got away with a $400,000 package. The daily beast reported.

After Sunday’s altercation with the two women, 69th Precinct detectives arrived at the Brooklyn church, arrested the bishop and told him he would be charged with assault.

“There were a lot of little kids in the church who are scared now—again. All the little babies in my church saw me arrested, the ones who look up to me,” Mr Whitehead said.

After being held for about two hours, Mr Whitehead was released with no charges being brought against him.

“They dropped all the charges and let me out,” he said, speculating that his release came from “higher ups” in the NYPD who discovered he was being held.

The Independent contacted the NYPD for comment on Mr. Whitehead’s arrest but did not immediately receive a response.

Corresponding The Daily Mailanother woman was taken into custody with Mr Whitehead and neither were immediately charged, police confirmed to the news agency.

Mr Whitehead has previously drawn criticism for his lavish collection of jewels, which he and his wife are known to display, but he has resisted accusations that he was in any way “cheating” his parishioners.

“It’s not about me being conspicuous. It’s about me buying what I want to buy,” he said. “You will not tear me down with your childish thoughts. I stay focused.”

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