Armed robbery in a nearby Church!


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Green Lantern
April 15, 2008, 06:02 PM
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080414/NEWS01/80413028


3 men arrested in robbery during church service
by Dale Neal
updated April 14, 2008 1:44 pm
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Bakersville – BAKERSVILLE — Three men arrested for robbing members of a Bakersville church Sunday of more than $1,600 face at least 14 charges each, with more pending from the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office.
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The men armed with a pair of pistols entered the Ridgeview Presbyterian Church near Bakersville shortly after services began at 11 a.m. They demanded members’ billfolds, purses, cell phones and car keys and also stole money from an offering plate, said Chief Deputy Donald Street.

Street said the suspects bound two men from the congregation with duct tape and threatened to kill anyone who followed them. A gun went off accidentally when one of the men bent down, but no one was injured, Street said. The men then fled in a white Chevrolet Blazer.

Members called 911 on a cell phone left behind in the church. Deputies stopped the car around 11:50 a.m. near Boyd’s Family Seafood on N.C. 226 near Bakersville.

“The 16 people at the church that morning when I arrived on scene was very shaky and nervous, they were scared, clearly,” said Street.

Arrested were brothers Andrew Ryan Deyton, 20, and Josiah Jacob Deyton, 18, of Green Mountain, and

Jonathan Neal Koniak, 20, 0f Blountsville, Tenn. They were being held in the Rutherford County Jail with bond set at $150,000 each.

The men face 12 counts of armed robbery for each victim, an additional armed robbery count for stealing from the church and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Street said it was unclear why the trio targeted this particular church. They are not suspected in any other crimes in the county, though Street said they might have been arrested elsewhere before.

They bought duct tape used in the crime earlier Sunday morning at a store in Spruce Pine, Street said.

“In our county, we’ve never had such a crime as that before,” said Street

Sadly, after hearing of the murders at a Church in another state (and more that would have happened if not for a CCWer), it's not like I felt shocked that "it could happen in Church." :(

I'm just thankful that it was "only" a robbery and not a would-be slaughter like that case.

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Winchester 73
April 15, 2008, 06:03 PM
Sonny Perdue,take notice.

Starship1st
April 15, 2008, 06:47 PM
This is why I say go to church with your Bible in one hand and a gun in your pocket.:cool:

Markbo
April 15, 2008, 06:49 PM
Well they drove away in a white Blazer... we KNOW who that is! :D

Dksimon
April 15, 2008, 06:54 PM
That is just rediculous. Some people have no respect, and I definitely wouldn't pull a stunt like that in gods house!

Ala Dan
April 15, 2008, 07:02 PM
I think GOD intends of us too feel safe in his house; and that is why
I go armed, in order to protect the things most dear to GOD and myself~! ;)

Markbo
April 21, 2008, 10:07 AM
I think God intends us to feel closer to Him while in his house, wrapped in His Love and Light. Those that can not or will not and come only to defile His House by definition then must be inherently evil, no?

Robert Hairless
April 21, 2008, 10:25 AM
That is just rediculous. Some people have no respect, and I definitely wouldn't pull a stunt like that in gods house!

Good for you. I share your distaste for criminals whose standards of behavior are so low. My own preference is for the better class of criminal, who is more respectful, has better manners, and complies with both the law and the Bible. Give me a criminal who follows the Ten Commandments. I refuse to deal with the other kind.

Phil DeGraves
April 21, 2008, 10:38 AM
Sounds like the Govt. needs to pass a law banning the ownership of White Chevy Blazers...

John828
April 21, 2008, 10:43 AM
Sounds like the Govt. needs to pass a law banning the ownership of White Chevy Blazers...

Yep and then we can have RKDC forums as well.

Seriously though, I feel safe at church here in Arkansas because they are gun free zones.

REB
April 21, 2008, 11:01 AM
I think GOD intends of us too feel safe in his house; and that is why
I go armed, in order to protect the things most dear to GOD and myself~!


+1 Dan.

41magsnub
April 21, 2008, 11:16 AM
But did they shoot a gun on Sunday?

briansmech
April 21, 2008, 11:35 AM
Sounds like the Govt. needs to pass a law banning the ownership of White Chevy Blazers...
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haha!

BattleChimp Potemkin
April 21, 2008, 11:45 AM
18 and 20 year old? Seems to me like violence is getting younger and younger. I feel my generation (I'm 26 but still glommed in with the 18-20 group) is getting far more violent. More video games pertaining to violence. Secondly, where are these punks getting guns from? But lastly, the audacity (even though I am not Christian) of folks today, I mean, Church is sacred ground, no matter what donomination you are. My generation is going down the toilets. If a kid comes into a store, wanting money and I am there, I will have no empathy towards them.

FieroCDSP
April 21, 2008, 11:55 AM
I could see, given everything in life going to crap, and having no other way to survive, robbing the parishoners in a church. But if you approached the head of the church, explained your hardship, maybe they'd take up a collection to help out. Robbing a church is asking for an Old Testament style beat-down. If we had a few more of those, there'd be less crime. :D

BattleChimp Potemkin
April 21, 2008, 12:00 PM
I love it! Need a new keyboard! Diet Pepsi everywhere! "Old Testament BEATDOWN!"

Browns Fan
April 21, 2008, 12:45 PM
Quote:
"Robbing a church is asking for an Old Testament style beat-down."

AMEN!:D

stevelyn
April 21, 2008, 12:53 PM
No legions of angels.
No divine intervention.

In Glock We Trust.

Henry Bowman
April 21, 2008, 01:05 PM
"Because that's where the money is." -- answer in response to "why do you rob banks?"

There is a lot of money collected at church on Sunday, especially in some congregations where offerings are in cash.

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