GOOD NEWS This Pastor Stopped His Sermon to Take Down an Armed Robber
This robber picked the wrong church pastor to mess with.
As Pastor Les Snodgress was finishing his sermon at The Door Christian Fellowship Church in Melbourne, Florida, a member of his flock whipped out a gun and put it to another parishioner's head.
Melbourne Police say that the suspect, John Grace, was also armed with a large kitchen knife at the time he demanded money from the church members.
Grace reportedly threatened to shoot the parishioners if they didn't pay.
"He threw on the ground some ties, some cable ties, and told my wife to start tying my children up," Pastor Snodgrass said. "I wasn’t going to put my family in a place where they were bound up and could not fight back. And, I had all the confidence in the world I could subdue this man. When I got about this close [two feet away], I dropped the mic, grabbed his shoulders and pinned him against the wall. I pushed him as hard as I could against the wall. And then, I put my forearm up to [his throat].”
That’s when the pastor’s 18-year-old son sprang into action.
“My son leapt across the church and began punching him in the head. He hit him once, hit him twice… the second hit, I felt his body loosen up and I managed to pull the gun out of his hand.”
That’s when Snodgrass realized the gun, which appeared to be a Sig Sauer pistol, was actually just a very real looking BB gun.
Grace is now facing charges for armed robbery.
A Brevard County judge ordered Grace to be held without bond at his first court appearance on Monday.