(Daily Mail) A former member of a North Carolina church that is being blamed for the local spread of coronavirus, has been arrested after he was caught breaking into a pastor’s home as the county panicked about who was to blame for the local spread of the illness.
Stephen Cordes was found in Word of Faith Fellowship senior associate minster Brooke Covington’s closet Monday when the church confirmed three members had died from COVID-19. He had a loaded gun in his vehicle trunk.
Some residents of Rutherford County – where 121 were infected and six had died as of Monday – had previously made threats toward the church and its members, some of whom live in multi-family housing on its gated compound.
In keeping with social distancing guidelines, services are being livestreamed online and the church has posted video evidence that police were monitoring their movements by patrolling the area.
Stephen Cordes was found in the closet of a Word of Faith Fellowship minster on Monday. He had a loaded gun in his car
Word of Faith Fellowship has been live-streaming services in compliance with social distancing guidelines (pictured). However Rutherford County, North Carolina residents have spread rumors the church is responsible for a chunk of coronavirus cases
One man suggested ‘old timey lynching’ after hearing that 29 COVID-19 cases came from the church
Others posted messages online about burning down the church with members inside
Rutherford Emergency Management did not say where clusters of infections were coming from but on Friday stated cases were in ‘healthcare agencies, retail stores, commercial businesses, congregate living situations and educational entities’.
One man speculate that 29 out of 31 cases were from the church.
‘If anything happens to my family that is still in there so help me … ,’ the gunman wrote on Facebook on April 8. Cordes is now based in Raleigh.
Corde was charged with breaking and entering to terrorize and injure, plus two drug offenses, one of them a felony, the Charlotte Observer reports.
He remained jailed Monday on $100,000 bond.
Police said they were investigating as others had threatened violence on the congregation and pastors.
‘Can we just lock up the WoFF compound and burn it to the ground with them inside?’ Drannon Brown posted. ‘That was we could open up the rest of the county.’
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Publishers Note. This post was written by LEAH SIMPSON and posted at Dailymail.co.uk. Title changed by PNP News
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