The 20-25 year old suspect got in line during offering to drop some money, so the congregation thought. Instead, he took around $200 off the table.
“He just took the money and just showed them the gun,” said Sherry Williams, the pastor’s daughter. “Said, ‘Don’t make this any harder’ and pretty much walked off.”
The suspect sat in the very back corner of the church the entire service. Members and clergymen said he had been there before.
“You feel secure in a church. You feel safe in a church. It’s God’s house. You never expect that to happen,” said Detroit Police Commander Steve Dolunt.
He said suspect had a black backpack with blue trim. He wore a black hood and gloves and left the church on foot.
“I guess it’s a cry for help, but to go to a church? You feel safe there, and we need the public’s help on this one,” Dolunt said. The pastor is just grateful nobody was hurt and hopeful the suspect will be caught.