A man was arrested recently near Pittsburgh about a block away from a local church. Rumors regarding the man’s intentions have been circulating, including suspicions that his actions may have been rationally motivated or directed against the congregants and ministers of the church, which is a predominantly black community. The investigation remains ongoing.
First, police say the man had a shotgun, but no shots were fired from it. It was reported that the man does not have a criminal record in Beaver County, where the arrest occurred. Police acknowledged that there is no evidence to suggest the man was planning to attack the people in the church or that his presence near the location was racially motivated. However, the man was apparently in possession of crystal meth and a search of his residence led police to suspect he was preparing to engage in a potential standoff, though further details were not immediately available.
Bail has been set
Police arrested the man for allegedly pointing the shotgun in his possession at two women. They also claim that he attempted to enter the church. He is now facing numerous charges, including aggravated assault. Bail has been set at $975,000.
In any criminal case, Pennsylvania prosecutors must present evidence to prove their allegations. In other words, thinking a man intended to cause harm to a group of church congregants and having evidence to substantiate the claim are two separate issues. Anyone arrested on similar charges may request immediate legal support before a preliminary hearing takes place.