A bishop has suggested that men of God should be walking with guns after he was robbed in Brooklyn, New York while delivering a sermon and the whole incident was caught on camera.
According to reports, five minutes into the sermon, Bishop Lamor Whitehead was surprised to have seen the back door kicked and four men walking in.
Whitehead, of Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries recalled the event.
“I said, ‘Alright, alright, alright,’ pretty much stating that I’m not going to do anything because I know you’re coming for me. You’re coming straight to me. I don’t want my parishioners hurt. I’ve got women and children there,” he said.
“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. 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. So that means they knew. They watched and they knew that I have other jewelry,” he explained.
During the time, ten congregants where in the praising room.
Police said the men took off in a white van and the footage had shown them changing clothes before leaving the crime scene.
Whitehead believes his family was targeted because of the publicity he received when he helped turn in the suspect wanted in the fatal subway shooting of 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez in May.
“I turned him in, but the media called me ‘the bling, bling bishop.’ They had my Rolls-Royce caw all over everywhere, and I feel that that played a part in this,” said Whitehead.
“I think all pastors should be able to get permits for pistols,” he added.
No one was hurt during the robbery.