A Toledo Pastor and his wife were recently taken into custody after allegedly robbing and threatening to kill a woman during Sunday school. Both were charged with aggravated robbery using a deadly weapon. Following the incident, the parishioner required medical attention.
Toledo Pastor and Family – No Motive for Robbing Sunday School Teacher
According to the Toledo authorities, during Sunday school at the church located on Belmont Avenue, 49-year-old Anthony Morris, an AME Zion Church Pastor, his wife, and daughter allegedly assaulted the teacher and emptied the contents of her purse before fleeing the scene.
The victim is 39-year-old Nickema Turner, the Sunday School teacher, who declared that she is well acquainted with Anthony and 39-year-old Zelda Morris, his wife. According to the woman’s affidavit, the Toledo pastor entered the church accompanied by Zelda and their 19-year-old daughter.
Allegedly, Zelda grabbed Turner’s hair and began punching her. Anthony also shoved the victim and grabbed her purse while their daughter stood guard at the entrance. Right after the Toledo pastor shoved Turner, he started rummaging through her purse.
According to Turner, the pastor stole two bottles of prescription pills, a cell phone, and a taser. Also, Turner told the authorities that, before leaving, the Toledo pastor pulled out a gun, pointed it towards her and threatened to kill her if she whispers a word.
Several minutes after the suspects left the building, the authorities arrived and took the Sunday school teacher to the hospital. Morris and his wife were arrested later that day and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, which is a first-degree felony.
An arrest warrant was issued for Morris’ daughter, but the authorities have yet to determine her whereabouts. Following the couple’s arrest, the law enforcement officers were able to retrieve Turner’s stolen items, save for the cell phone whose screen was broken by the suspect.
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