North Carolina pastor John Thomas Lindsey, above, was arrested yesterday in connection with a spate of armed robberies.
According to this report, Lindsey, a pastor at True Love Church of Refuge in Charlotte, was charged with nine counts of robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, nine counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police say that Lindsey robbed the Family Dollar store in Northwest Charlotte and fired a shot while inside. He is also charged in connection with robberies from two 7- Eleven stores, two Sam’s Mart stores, and four Circle Ks.
The sorrowful church said on Facebook:
We, the leadership and membership of True Love Church of Refuge, are deeply saddened and disappointed that our leader and brother, John Thomas Lindsey, is facing charges associated with criminal activity.
Though we denounce any involvement he may have had, we love him and will continue to pray for him. The ministry will continue to stand strong despite the latest allegations and will continue to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Said one local:
It’s something you wouldn’t expect from somebody supposedly a religious person.
Court records reportedly show Lindsey had previously been convicted twice for drug charges in the 1990s.
Lindsey is one of two men charged in connection with the robberies. The other is Fernando Carillo-Hernandez, 24, who was also charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Carillo-Hernandez does not appear to be affiliated with a church.