Bishop robbed at gunpoint while delivering sermon

Bishop robbed at gunpoint while delivering sermon

A bishop at a New York church was recently robbed at gunpoint in the middle of a sermon and the whole thing was caught on camera. Bishop Lamor Whitehead was less than 15 minutes into his message from him when he saw a door in the back of the room open. Shortly after that, he’s seen putting his hands up and can be heard telling intruders, “alright, alright, alright.” Whitehead told WCBS he saw three or four men come into the church service. “I said, ‘alright, alright,’ stating that I’m not going to do anything because I know you’re coming for me you’re coming straight to me — I’ve got women children and parishioners there,” he said . Whitehead said as he lowered himself to the ground, one of the intruders went to his wife from her, took all of her jewelry from her and “had the gun in front of my 8-month-old baby’s face.” The intruders took Whitehead’s bishop’s ring, wedding band, bishop’s chain and more jewelry that wasn’t visible underneath.”I had chains my robe and he started tapping my neck, so that means they knew, they watched and they knew that I have other jewelry,” Whitehead said. “They had guns on my deacons that was at the door.” What’s not visible on camera is about 100 people who were in attendance at the church service and dropped to the ground as the intruders robbed the bishop. “My church is traumatized the women and children are still crying, babies are still crying,” he said. Whitehead said police have a license plate and witnesses saw the intruders change clothes outside before leaving in a white Mercedes. “These men they need to turn themselves in,” Whitehead said. “I forgive you and I’m praying for you and I hope that God delivers you from the mindset from who you are at this time.”It’s unclear what motive the intruders had for targeting Whitehead’s church for the robbery, but he thinks it’s related to the publicity he received after turning in a suspect wanted for a fatal subway shooting in May. “I turned him in, but the media called me the ‘Bling Bling Bishop,’ they had my Rolls Royce car all over everywhere and I feel that they played a part in this,” he said. No one was hurt in the robbery. NYPD is still investigating.

A bishop at a New York church was recently robbed at gunpoint in the middle of a sermon and the whole thing was caught on camera.

Bishop Lamor Whitehead was less than 15 minutes into his message when he saw a door in the back of the room open. Shortly after that, he’s seen putting his hands up and can be heard telling intruders, “alright, alright, alright.”

Whitehead told WCBS he saw three or four men come into the church service.

“I said, ‘alright, alright,’ stating that I’m not going to do anything because I know you’re coming for me you’re coming straight to me — I’ve got women children and parishioners there,” he said .

Whitehead said as he lowered himself to the ground, one of the intruders went to his wife, took all of her jewelry and “had the gun in front of my 8-month-old baby’s face.”

The intruders took Whitehead’s bishop’s ring, wedding band, bishop’s chain and more jewelry that wasn’t visible.

“I had chains underneath my robe and he started tapping my neck, so that means they knew, they watched and they knew that I have other jewelry,” Whitehead said. “They had guns on my deacons that was at the door.”

What’s not visible on camera is about 100 people who were in attendance at the church service and dropped to the ground as the intruders robbed the bishop.

“My church is traumatized the women and children are still crying, babies are still crying,” he said.

Whitehead said police have a license plate and witnesses saw the intruders change clothes outside before leaving in a white Mercedes.

“These men they need to turn themselves in,” Whitehead said. “I forgive you and I’m praying for you and I hope that God delivers you from the mindset of who you are at this time.”

It’s unclear what motive the intruders had for targeting Whitehead’s church for the robbery, but he thinks it’s related to the publicity he received after turning in a suspect wanted for a fatal subway shooting in May.

“I turned him in, but the media called me the ‘Bling Bling Bishop,’ they had my Rolls Royce car all over everywhere and I feel that they played a part in this,” he said.

No one was hurt in the robbery. NYPD is still investigating.

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