NEW YORK (AP) — A preacher known for his close friendship with the mayor of New York City was robbed of more than $1 million worth of jewelry Sunday by armed robbers who destroyed his Brooklyn church service, when he He was giving a sermon about having faith in the face. The police said that of serious difficulties.
Bishop Lamore Miller-Whitehead, who lives a glamorous lifestyle and can often be seen driving around the Big Apple in his Rolls Royce, was giving a sermon at his Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries when police say That three robbers entered. They showed guns and demanded. The property of Miller Whitehead and his wife Doris Whitehead of Asia, police said.
The service was also being streamed live online.
In the video, which appears to have been removed from the church’s social media channels, Miller Whitehead is heard asking his flock, “How many of you have lost your faith because you saw someone else die? ?” Moments before the bandits entered the church.
He is then seen falling to his hands and knees and repeatedly saying, “Okay, okay,” before a man holding a gun and wearing a black sweatshirt enters the frame. The man, who was also wearing a black face mask, was then seen approaching Miller Whitehead, who was hiding behind a golden lectern, and stuffing the bishop’s jewels into his pockets.
Another man dressed in similar clothing was then seen walking toward Miller Whitehead, standing near him for a few minutes and then running away. Miller Whitehead said in a video posted to Instagram that the robbers tore off his collar to take his chain and put a gun to his infant daughter’s face while stealing his wife’s jewelry.
The robbers fled in a white Mercedes that was last seen on Avenue D near the church in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood, police said. Neither Miller-Whitehead, 44, nor Dosris-Whitehead, 38, was physically injured, police said. His daughter was also safe.
In a video posted on Instagram, Miller Whitehead said he felt “a demonic force” enter the church and wasn’t sure if the gunmen “wanted to shoot up the church or if they just wanted to rob the church.” were coming for.” He said he was thankful no one was hurt.
“When I saw them coming into the shelter with their guns, I told everybody to get out, everybody get out,” said Whitehead, who arrested the robbers on Monday. offered a $50,000 reward for information about
A message was left yesterday with the leaders of International Ministries for comment.
Miller Whitehead, 44, became the leader of Total International Ministries in 2013 after serving five years in prison for identity theft and grand larceny. Miller Whitehead claims he was wrongfully convicted.
New York Mayor Eric Adams spoke with Miller Whitehead after Sunday’s robbery, a City Hall spokesman said.
“No one in this city should be the victim of an armed robbery, let alone our faith leaders and congregations worshiping in God’s house,” Adams said in a statement. “The NYPD is investigating this crime and will work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators involved to justice.”
In a video posted to YouTube Monday, Miller Whitehead thanked the mayor for his support. He said that next Sunday the church services will continue as planned.
Adams, a former police captain, became close to Miller Whitehead while serving as Brooklyn’s borough president — a post he held for eight years until he became mayor in January. Miller Whitehead made an unsuccessful bid to succeed Adams in the post last year.
In May, Miller Whitehead made headlines for showing up to a Manhattan police precinct in a Rolls-Royce SUV after he surrendered to a man accused of shooting a stranger on a New York City subway train. Tried to communicate.
Miller-Whitehead told reporters at the time that he had “several conversations” with Adams regarding the surrender of Andrew Abdullah, although the suspect was eventually picked up by police outside the offices of the public defender organization that was his. was representing
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Miller-Whitehead defended her bling-loving lifestyle, saying she would “live her life the way God has laid it out for her.”
“It’s not about me being flashy,” Miller-Whitehead said. “It’s about me, buying what I want to buy. And it is my prerogative to buy what I want to buy.
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