Church Shooting Preempted When ‘Messianic’ Charismatic Arrested for Trying to ‘Fulfill Prophecy’

[San Antonio Express News] Police in Seguin arrested an armed man Sunday morning who was allegedly en route to “fulfill what he called a prophecy,” according to the Seguin Police Department.

Just before 7 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of W. Kingsbury St. in reference to a man carrying what was believed to be a handgun.

An off-duty Seguin police officer was first at the scene and observed “an oddly dressed male wearing tactical style clothing, a surgical face shield” and carrying a loaded firearm with extra ammunition, according to police.

Police say the man, identified as 33-year-old Tony Albert, was allegedly en route to an unidentified church to “fulfill what he called a prophecy.”

Albert was arrested and transported to Guadalupe County Jail, where he was booked on a $100,000 bond for possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm.

Seguin authorities say a citizen initially called police.

Albert has a lengthy criminal history, public records show. He’s been arrested at least six times in Harris County on various charges dating back to 2009, when he was 24.

Albert was convicted in four of those cases for: driving while intoxicated; possession of marijuana under two ounces; disarming a police officer and, most recently, assault of a family member causing bodily injury.

In one court filing, Albert wrote that he is associated with Messianic Judaism, a modern religious movement that combines Christianity with elements of Judaism, and the First Church of Cannabis, a religious organization that maintains marijuana is a healing plant.

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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Claudia Torres and Emilie Eaton and first published at the San Antonio Express News, title changed by P&P]



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