It has been more than two months since three men robbed Bishop Lamor Whitehead and his wife at gunpoint inside their Brooklyn church. Despite Whitehead facing controversies, from alleged funds stolen from congregants to suffocating a parishioner inside the church itself, authorities have made progress in solving the robbery.
An unsealed indictment shows authorities have charged two men involved, but another remains at large. arrested police juwan anderson23, and Say Quan Pollack, 23, on Wednesday (September 28), according to a statement issued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Whitehead reacted to the news, on Instagram and in a statement to the New York Daily News.
“I am extremely happy,” said Bishop Whitehead New York Daily News. “My wife was crying when she heard the news. We are waiting for the last one to be arrested so we can get on with our lives.”
The men in custody will be arraigned on September 28.
Both men will be arraigned this afternoon. Prosecutors charged Juwan and Say-Quan with various charges related to armed robbery.
“As alleged, the defendants brought weapons to a place of worship, robbed two members of the clergy and terrorized the congregation in the process,” District Attorney Breon Peace said. “I commend the Special Agents and Detectives for their outstanding efforts to identify the perpetrators who committed a crime that shocks the conscience by its brazenness. This Office will always work with our law enforcement partners to protect our places of worship, prosecute those who engage in gun violence, and ensure the safety of all members of our community.”
Bishop Whitehead alleges thieves stole more than $100,000 worth of jewelry
On July 24, Bishop Whitehead was in the middle of a sermon at Tomorrow’s Leaders International Ministries in Canarsie. Then, around 11:14 am, three armed men barged in and disrupted the service. The thieves allegedly stole jewelry from Bishop Whitehead, his wife Asia K. DosReis-Whitehead and parishioners. The live broadcast from the church caught the act on camera.
According to the district attorney’s statement, Say-Quan stood guard at the entrance to the church, pointing a gun at the pulpit and at parishioners. The fugitive man allegedly took the jewelry from Bishop Whitehead’s wife. Juwan allegedly took the bishop’s jewels, which Say-Quan later confirmed.
The statement says each defendant faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
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