Lisa Rozner, CBS New York, July 24, 2022
A bishop was robbed at gunpoint in the middle of a sermon Sunday in Brooklyn, and it was caught on video.
The service was being livestreamed when, according to the bishop, three to four men walked in with guns. He believes he was targeted, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported.
Five to 10 minutes into preaching Sunday morning on Ramsen Avenue in Canarsie, Bishop Lamor Whitehead saw the door in the back of the room kick open.
“As I got down, one went to my wife and took all her jewelry and had the gun in front of my 8-month-old baby’s face. Took off my bishop’s ring, my wedding band and took off my bishop’s chain, and then I had chains underneath my robe and he started tapping my neck to see if anything else. So that means they knew. They watched and they knew that I have other jewelry,” he explained.
Whitehead believes his family was targeted because of the publicity he received when he helped turn in the suspect wanted in thein May.
“I turned him in, but the media called me ‘the bling, bling bishop.’ They had my Rolls-Royce caw all over everywhere and I feel that that played a part in this,” said Whitehead. “I think all pastors should be able to get permits for pistols.”