Pastor Says He's 'Armed & Ready' After Taking Down a Robbery Suspect Mid-Sermon
A Florida pastor who took down a robbery suspect during his sermon said he’s now arming himself at church.
The Door Christian Fellowship Church Pastor Les Snodgrass was on “Fox and Friends” this morning, where he recounted Sunday’s harrowing ordeal.
Snodgrass said that 21-year-old John Grace held a gun to the pastor's 76-year-old mother’s head and demanded cash. The pastor said that Grace had attended his sermons before, and he initially thought this had to be a joke.
Grace then allegedly demanded money from the pastor’s wife, even throwing cable ties on the ground and motioning for the woman to start typing up her children.
Snodgrass, who was speaking to Grace on his microphone throughout the ordeal, said that he then stepped off his platform and was about 2 feet from the suspect when Grace pulled out a butcher knife.
“I’d like to say I made a conscious choice to do something but the next thing I know, I had him pinned against the wall,” Snodgrass said.
The pastor’s son then pounced on Grace, and he and his father held the suspect until police arrived.
Authorities say that Grace was armed with a BB gun modeled after a pistol. The suspect has been charged with aggravated assault, robbery with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.
Snodgrass isn’t taking any chances moving forward. He held a service yesterday, where he said he “was armed and ready for a moment like that.”