A woman who met with Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Whitehead midway through the sermon has been charged, police said on Monday.
Tarsha Howard is accused of trespassing and disrupting the service after Sunday’s clash after Whitehead ordered her to stop recording the service, police said.
Howard, 47, was awaiting indictment on Monday in the Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Whitehead was arrested as well, but Daily News police said they let him go after they found out what really happened.
“They lock me up from my children, from my wife, from my church,” said Whitehead. “They have embarrassed me in public, and after two hours they dismiss all the charges and apologize to me.”
Whitehead was preaching at International Mission Leaders on Remsen Avenue off Avenue D in Canars on Sunday when two women entered the church in the middle of his sermon, he said.
Whitehead – who was robbed of a firearm during a sermon over the summer – said the women entered “in the same way as they did when my church was robbed.”
“I was almost done preaching, and these two young ladies came in and sat in the back,” he said.
“You want to come and preach? Come here – Whitehead was heard speaking to one of the women who was off-camera during live broadcast on social media services. “I’m going to make you famous.”
Within moments of calling the women, at least one of them started screaming, the video shows.
The bishop then stepped off the camera and walked into the crowd, telling someone to “get her out of here.”
He said that when he returned to the front of the church, he noticed one of the women approaching him.
“She came in the middle aisle and just like that [started] cursing me, calling me all sorts of names, calling me all sorts of things, ”said Whitehead. “She stormed back towards my wife and my 10-month-old baby. She walked over to my wife and then I caught her. I grabbed her and led her out of my church. All I remembered were guys with guns put a gun to my kid’s face.
In the movie, Whitehead appears to grab the woman by the neck and shove her off the camera before she screams, “Grab her! Catch her! “
Following his sermon, the policeman who responded to the incident informed Whitehead that he would be arrested and charged with the assault.
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“They handcuffed me and told them I was not getting in and they grabbed me and picked me up and put me in my car,” said Whitehead. “There have been many little children in the church who are afraid now – again. All the little children in my church have seen me arrested, those who admire me.
Whitehead was taken to Precinct 69, where police began processing him.
“I just want to preach the word of God and I’ll end up in prison,” he said. “They treated me like a criminal. They put me in a cell with someone who had been charged with a crime, and they let me out. It won’t stop. If I were a rabbi, if I were a Catholic priest, they would never have done it. “
Whitehead said his ministers recognized women who entered the church.
“They were a few would-be bloggers,” he said. “They came to my church to disrupt my ministry.”
In July, three armed robbers burst into the church. Police sources say the thieves stole $ 1 million worth of jewelry from Whitehead and his wife, but in an exclusive interview with The News, the bishop said the figure was exaggerated and inaccurate.
In May, he unsuccessfully attempted to orchestrate the surrender of Andrew Abdullah, the man accused of fatally shooting Goldman Sachs researcher Daniel Enriquez on the Q train.
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