August 21, 2014 – GEORGETOWN, Texas – Marcos Azael Herrera was arrested on August 15, 2014 for the alleged assaults of a young girl. Marcus Herrera was a pastor at Iglesia Evangelica Cristiana Espiritual Church where authorities said the girl’s father also worked. The girl told law enforcement authorities that the alleged assaults took place in 2009 when she was 4 years old. Marcus Herrera is currently being held on $400,00 bond at the Williamson County Jail.
A Tennessee woman who police say crashed into a church and stabbed her husband claims she was following the instructions of both God and the devil, reports WJHL-TV.
March 19, 2014 – Church Hill, Tenn: Law enforcement authorities report that about 10 a.m. Sunday Stephanie Hamman crashed her vehicle through the front doors of Providence Church. Authorities say that she then called her husband who lives across the street to come to the scene. When the husband arrived according to police, the husband found his wife lying in front of the altar with a large knife. Stephanie then told her husband, said “the devil is in me” and stabbed him in the chest. Police report that the husband removed the knife from his chest and returned home and called 9-1-1. The husband is expected to live. Stephanie, was arrested by police.
May 3, 2013-Cartersville, GA – Mr. Marcus Deanglo Henderson, 33-years-old, was arrested by authorities and charged with aggravated battery for assaulting a 17-year-old was playing basketball at an Adairsville Church gym. According to law enforcement personnel, the victim received a broken jaw during the assault requiring surgery to repair the damage. Mr. Henderson was booked into Bartow County Jail.
Feb 14 -2012 – Cobb Country police reported that they have arrested a man allegedly sexually assaulting children from Northstar Church. Officials reported that between Acworth Police Department and Cobb County Police Department they have discovered a total of three juveniles were victimized in a private residence. Rev. Mike Linch, Senior Pastor at Northstar Church released a statement that after being made aware of the situation, immediate steps were taken. Please keep Northstar Church, the victims and their families in your prayers!
May 14, 2011 – PITTSBURGH — A local pastor is out of the hospital after he was attacked and robbed at his Lawrenceville church on Friday.
Police said the crime happened at Trinity Baptist Church on Ligonier Street. Investigators said the pastor heard someone banging on the door and yelled to see who it was. When the pastor opened the door, police said a man, who was described as black, busted into the church wearing black shorts and a black hooded sweatshirt.
The robber demanded money and after a struggle he threatened to shoot Pastor James Garmon twice, police said. But when he pulled the trigger, the gun jammed. Detectives said the burglar hit the pastor with the barrel of the gun and punched him in the stomach.
“He had the gun to my head and told me to turn over on my stomach, put my hands behind my head and not to move. I don’t know what’s going to happen at this point,” Garmon said. Investigators said the burglar got away with more than $2,000.
Garmon has a swollen jaw along with some cuts and bruises, but he is going to be OK, officials said. So far, no arrests have been made.
MILTON — A 27-year-old Watsontown man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly having sex with a young girl several times as she attended church and school functions.
March 10, 2011 – State police at Milton said Jethro Lee Groff, of 415 Blue Ball Road, first approached the 11-year-old in the summer of 2008 as she was getting a snack in the basement of the Shalom Mennonite Church in East Chillisquaque Township.
Groff fondled and pinched the child, court documents said.
Several months later, on Feb. 6, 2009, Groff allegedly sexually assaulted the girl while she attended a Maranath Mennonite Christian School function in Lewis Township.
Mar 5, 2011 – NEWARK — A man who drove a van with a pipe bomb into a Licking Township church was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.
Dax W. Cantrell, 36 drove a 1988 Ford Econoline van into Vineyard Grace Fellowship Church, 4905 Jacksontown Road SE, with a functional pipe bomb inside the vehicle.
Cantrell was driving away from a Licking County Sheriff’s Office deputy who attempted to serve him with child support papers at Budget Inn, 176 W. Church St., Newark. He drove into her vehicle before fleeing the scene and crashing into the church, causing $5,670 in damage.
Cantrell told deputies a bomb was in the van. Deputies found a 12-inch PVC pipe filled with black powder and other items, and they called the Columbus Bomb Squad.
Dax W. Cantrell
The squad detonated the device in the van after discovering they could not remove it safely, according to court records.
March 4, 2010 –
A ‘gentle’ minister was discovered dead inside his own Texas church after a passer-by looked through a window and spotted a body on the floor.
Pastor Clint Dobson, 29, was found inside NorthPointe Baptist Church in Arlington on Thursday afternoon, alongside his critically-injured ministry assistant Judy Elliott, 67.
Police believe a motive of robbery may have been behind the physical assaults, as some items were missing from the church. But there was no sign of forced entry.
The alarm was raised after a church employee’s family member became worried when they could not contact them and asked a friend to go and check on the building.
Their friend passed by, finding the church locked, and peered through different windows before seeing a motionless body and phoning police, who arrived soon after.
Another church employee gave emergency services a key to get inside. Ms Elliott was found severely beaten but is now in a stable condition in a Fort Worth hospital.
Pastor Dobson 29 years-of-age
Judy Elliot 67-years-of-age
February 27, 2011: A women according to DeKalb County police was sexually assaulted at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain. According to reports the women was assaulted by a strange in the middle of the afternoon as a woman worked alone inside the church.
DeKalb police has indicated that they are looking for a black male approximately 50-years-of-age.
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New charges: Michael J. “Mike” Cimmino, 54, religion teacher, St, Thomas More Parish, and “Bear Den Leader” (Cub Scouts), Pack 22, sponsored by the First Congregational Church, Braintree, Massachusetts, originally charged with one count each of kidnapping and assault with intent to rape a child, and eight counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, to which he has pleaded not guilty; with a new charge of indecent sexual assault, allegedly against a second child victim. Story: Conservative Babylon, January 6, 2011; Wicked Local, January 13, 2011; Patriot Ledger, January 13, 2011; BraintreePatch, January 17, 2011