NYPD: Suspects rob bishop, wife at gunpoint of $1 million in jewelry during Sunday sermon


A camera over the weekend captured a New York City bishop robbed at gunpoint in the middle of his Sunday sermon.

“As I got down, one went to my wife and took all her jewelry and had the gun in front of my 8-month-old baby’s face,” Whitehead told the outlet. “Took off my bishop’s ring, my wedding band and took off my bishop’s chain, and then I had chains underneath my robe and he started tapping my neck to see if anything else.”

According to the New York Police Department, three “unidentified individuals entered the location, displayed firearms and demanded property from the 44-year-old male pastor and his38-year-old wife. The individuals removed more than $1 million worth of jewelry from the two victims.”

The church’s livestreamed service shows Whitehead preaching about faith and death, then fall to the ground after apparently seeing the armed people enter the church.

“They had guns on my deacons that was at the door,” Whitehead told the outlet.

Whitehead said about 100 congregants were in the room and that men, women and children dropped to the floor in silence.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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