This story has updated.
It was Sunday morning in Seguin, Tex., when a grill worker beheld something amiss: A male was erratic around donned in sunglasses and a surgical mask, carrying something that too closely resembled a handgun not to call a police.
Local authorities determined a warning and responded around 7 a.m.
The initial officer on stage described a same infrequently dressed chairman as “wearing tactical character clothing, a surgical face shield, carrying a installed firearm and additional ammunition,” according to a matter by a Seguin Police Department.
When asked, a male — after identified by military as Tony D. Albert — explained that he was on his approach to church to “fulfill a prophecy,” Seguin Police Department’s open information officer, Tanya L. Brown, told The Washington Post.
Albert, who did not brand a specific church, also believed that he was in Vidor, a city a few hours’ expostulate away, when officers approached him. The 9mm handgun Albert carried Sunday had been stolen from a chateau in Vidor, detectives also learned.
According to the New York Times, Brianna and Gabriela Jimenez had encountered Albert on Sunday morning. The mom and daughter pronounced he had asked them for directions to “the nearest Baptist church.” Brianna Jimenez described Albert as “on a goal to go to that church.”
The Houston-based 33-year-old was arrested and requisitioned on a assign of being a law-breaker in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.
According to justice records, Albert’s rapist story dates behind scarcely a decade. His philosophy embody facing arrest, disarming a military officer and pushing while intoxicated. In 2017, he was charged with assaulting a family member.
Albert was taken to a Guadalupe County Jail, where, the San Antonio Express-News reported, bond was set during $100,000.
The detain arises dual months after a still Pittsburgh area of Squirrel Hill — home to one of a many strong Jewish communities in a republic — witnessed a deadliest conflict on Jews in U.S. history. Armed with a semiautomatic assault-style rifle, on Oct. 27, a gunman identified by authorities as Robert Bowers opened glow during Sabbath services during Tree of Life, a city’s oldest synagogue.
Cities opposite a republic have endured a new unreasonable of hate- and religious-based crimes.
In November, after a unsuccessful try during entering a First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, Ky., a historically black church, Gregory A. Bush allegedly shot dual African American business during a Kroger grocery store.
The city of Lacey, Wash., gifted a fibre of attacks on Jehovah’s Witnesses progressing this year, including dual fires that broken eremite hubs.
Brown remarkable Monday that while authorities are not accurately certain what Albert had planned, they are blissful someone alerted police.
“When we have someone who has a installed handgun that says that he’s ‘going to perform a prophecy,’ we can usually assume what that means.”