Florida man holds up Sunday church service armed with a toy pistol demanding cash from congregation, pastor and son handle the situation

PictureBCSO Image | Melbourne Police Dept arrested John Grace for attempting to commit an armed robbery of the congregation at the Christian Fellowship Church this past Sunday.Melbourne, FL – Pastor Les Snodgrass was in the middle of his sermon at Christian Fellowship Church preaching on the values of life when a man stood up in the congregation and pointed a BB gun at the pastor’s 76-year-old mother then demanding cash. Video: Pastor Les Snodgrass of The Door Christian Fellowship Church talks about an attempted armed robbery that happened Sunday while he was preaching.John Grace, the 21-year-old charged with attempted robbery, reportedly sat through the entire first half of the service before interrupting the pastor’s sermon. 

While pointing the toy pistol at the pastor’s mother, police say Grace told the seven churchgoers in the congregation to tie themselves up with the zip ties he threw at them. Grace demanded cash from the churchgoers and threatened to shoot anyone who did not follow his instructions.

That’s when Pastor Snodgrass slowly approached Grace and began to reason with him. Once the pastor got close enough, he made his move, swiftly tackling Grace to the ground. Grace also had a knife that the pastor estimated to be ten inches in length. Darius Snodgrass, the pastor’s son, stepped in to help and managed to take the toy gun and knife away from Grace, according to the Melbourne Police Department. 

Police arrived quickly and arrested John Grace for the robbery. Police later found a bag belonging to him with duct tape and a tom cloth inside.

Audio from church sermon when Grace interrupted the pastor and began his robbery attempt. Audio courtesy Melbourne Police Dept.Audio: Gunman interrupts pastor’s sermon

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