Pastor Les Snodgrass was addressing his small congregation on the value of life this past Sunday morning when a thug armed with a knife suddenly barged into the church demanding cash.
According to New York Daily News, Johnny Grace, a congregant of the church, ran in with a 10-inch knife and threatened the life of Snodgrass’s 76 year-old mother.
Grace was never expecting the pastor’s family to come together to take him down in the house of God.
In the middle of the service in the 700 square foot church, Grace got up and asked to use the restroom. Snodgrass said yes, but when the 21 year-old man returned, he was carrying an authentic-looking BB gun and a knife. He pointed his “gun” to the head of the pastor’s mother and began screaming profanities as he demanded cash.
Snodgrass tried to reason with Grace as his wife moved in front of their 10-year-old daughter Kiera to protect her. His 18 year-old son also jumped in front of his 23 year-old sister Kaylee.
“I couldn’t believe he was doing this to us,” Marie Snodgrass said of the man she still calls Johnny. “We never expected anything like this from him or anyone that comes to church.”
But the Snodgrass family wasn’t about to go down without a fight.
When Grace threw a pair of handcuffs at Marie, she refused to tie anyone up. As the young thug yelled at her, the pastor and his son Darius charged at him and quickly subdued him.
“It’s almost like an angel gave me a little shove,” the pastor told the press. “Next thing I know, I had him against the wall.”
Marie grabbed the stun gun she carries in her purse and ran for the exit with Kaylee to get help. They were able to flag down a motorist, who called the police.
Grace has been arrested and charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment. The Snodgrass family was unharmed, but they are still recovering from the shocking experience.
“My husband acted the way I knew he would act. He always told us he would never let anyone hurt us,” Marie Snodgrass said. “He also told his family to never cooperate with a criminal. (Darius) is my husband’s son. I’m glad to see the man he’s become. It’s amazing.”
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