Flashy Brooklyn pastor and his wife robbed of more than $1 million in jewelry while preaching, NYPD says – CNN
A Brooklyn Bishop was robbed at gunpoint in the middle of his Sunday sermon. Gunmen burst into a church in Brooklyn, New York, and stole more than $1 million worth of jewelry from its pastor and his wife, according to the New York Police Department.
Bishop Lamor Whitehead was delivering his sermon at the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries church in Canarsie when three gunmen burst in. The armed assailants demanded property from the 44-year-old bishop and his wife, 38, police said.
The gunment entered the church, took the jewelry, and fled on foot before getting into a white Mercedes Benz, police say.
Whitehead says around 100 congregants were in the room and are traumatized. He believes his family was targeted because of the publicity he received after turning in the suspect in the fatal Subway shooting.
The pastor drew additional controversy due to his excessive accessories and elaborate appearance. He pushed back against comments and headlines that described him as “flashy.”
A spokesperson for Mayor Adams said the NYPD will work tirelessly to bring the criminals involved to justice.
Whitehead said in an Instagram video that he believed three or four armed men targeted him and his wife.
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