The pastor of a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Wilmington was attacked on Monday afternoon, 7/30, in the church office. 25-year-old Joshua August has been charged with felony assault 1st, misdemeanor assault 3rd, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and misdemeanor criminal mischief. It happened around 2 p.m. at Resurrection Parish on the unit block of Videre Drive in Pike Creek.
Father William Graney was allegedly assaulted inside his office by August. Church employees heard a struggle coming from the room. They found the priest on the floor and the suspect punching and kicking him. The employees tried to pull the suspect away but he pushed them off. The suspect then went to another room and returned with a wine bottle. He poured the wine over the priest and then began to hit him with the bottle. He also sprayed compressed air in his face. The employees were able to coax August outside by saying they’d call for a ride and give him money. They locked the doors once he exited the building. He broke the door trying the get back inside. Police caught him as he was skateboarding away. Father Graney was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.
After skateboarding away, New Castle County police eventually arrested the suspect and identified him as August.
According to court records, when August was being put into the police car he allegedly said he wanted to kill the victim and wished he had finished the job, and said he enjoyed watching the victim with blood on his face and body.
August is not a member of the church, but he was apparently known there. One parishioner told us he has been seen around the church for up to 18 months, but did not want to say anything more than that.
At August’s family home on Tuesday his grandfather told us Joshua has long suffered from mental illness, but declined to elaborate.
Graney, who has been the pastor at the church for at least a decade, is described as warm and outgoing.
“Father Bill is very giving, he’s very loving. He would help anyone that came to him and asked for help. I don’t think he would ever turn anybody down,” says church member Pamela Skwish.
Father Graney is in stable condition but will have to undergo further surgeries for his injuries.
August is currently being held in lieu of $52,250 secured bail.
Resurrection Parish offices will be closed and daily masses canceled until further notice.
Niagara (Ontario, Canada) police are searching for a suspect after a violent robbery at a Welland church left one person with minor injuries.Investigators say a man walked into the Central United Church around 6:50 p.m. on July 4.
It’s alleged the man went into the church kitchen, physically assaulted a staff member and took some items before fleeing the area. Police have released surveillance images of a suspect and are hoping the public can help identify him.The images show the man wearing a short sleeved shirt, shorts and a backpack.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Niagara police.
Many church violence incidents stem from domestic violence or relationship problems that spill over into the church. In this incident, it did not appear a church safety or security team was in place. The suspect was able to stab his ex-girlfriend, then waited outside the church until police arrived.
In the video (you may have to login to YouTube), you will see people milling about while the man stands outside the church holding a folding chair and a knife. He had apparently already stabbed one woman. Another woman using a walker doesn’t appear to understand the danger she is in when the police roll up and she is placed behind the suspect and the police. Since nobody was present to move innocent people along, she ended up becoming a hostage.
The incident developed very quickly and the officers were forced to make a deadly force decision.
“Los Angeles police released body camera video Tuesday of a police shooting that killed a man and a woman he was holding at knife-point in Van Nuys at Central Lutheran Church.
Police initially responded to a report of a man who had stabbed his ex-girlfriend June 16 at a church. Officers who arrived at the church in 6400 block of Tyrone Avenue in Van Nuys found the man holding a large serrated knife, police said. As officers got out of their vehicles, the suspect identified as 32-year-old Guillermo Perez, was ordered to drop the knife, police said.
Officers can be heard yelling, “Drop the knife,” in the body camera video.
An officer fired a beanbag shotgun at Perez, who used a folding chair to deflect two rounds. He then grabbed a woman standing next to a nearby building and pushed her in between himself and officers, raising the knife to her neck, police said.
Three officers opened fire, striking the woman and Perez, who both collapsed to the ground.
“Tragically, the woman was also struck twice by gunfire,” said LAPD Chief Michel Moore before presenting the graphic video Tuesday.”
A large church in Mesa, AZ was the victim of a church burglary where the burglar, while wearing an ankle bracelet, spent a lot of time collecting over $100,000 in property. He was able to steal a church vehicle, loaded up two trailers with property, and was found inside one of the vans when he was located by police.
“A man is accused in a several hour theft of a Mesa church’s vans, trailers, and equipment. Mesa police report that on July 25, a man, later identified as 34-year-old Martin Michael Burke, broke into a vehicle parked at the Central Christian Church near Lindsay and Brown roads.
He reportedly removed a jack from a car’s trunk and used it to pry open a garage door at the church. Police say church surveillance video shows Burke going through several offices and prying open key boxes until he found the keys to two church vans. Burke was later seen allegedly attaching trailers to two of the vans and filling the trailers with equipment.” More Information at ABC15
An envelope containing an suspicious white powder was mailed to the First Baptist Dallas church Friday afternoon.
According to officials, the church employee who opened the package was not injured.
The department responded to a call to the church just before 1 p.m. and isolated the employee and the substance, spokesman Jason Evans said.
Tests indicated the powder was a non-toxic substance.
Pastor Robert Jeffress has been in the news recently after a church billboard declared “America is a Christian Nation. Jeffress also attracted attention after he prayed at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem this spring.