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Minister attacked during church celebration

Posted September 22, 2009

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— A Sampson County minister was slashed across the chest on Saturday when he confronted a suspected vandal during a church celebration, authorities said.

The Rev. Willie James Jr., pastor of St. James Disciples of Christ Church on Delway Highway, was preparing food for a Family and Friends Day cookout at the church when someone told him a man was slashing the tires of vehicles in the church parking lot, authorities said.

The man was an acquaintance of James' daughter, authorities said, and he cut James with a knife when the minister approached him and asked him to stop vandalizing the cars, authorities said.

William Henry Carr Jr., 25, of Rose Hill, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Carr has a criminal record dating to 2003, with convictions for breaking and entering and larceny, according to state Department of Correction records.

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  • beachboater Sep 22, 2009

    That's pretty low. Cutting the preacher at the church.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 22, 2009

    EverythingTicksMeOff, the minister's condition? They say that he has finally sobered up. ;-)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 22, 2009

    The assailant "was an acquaintance of [the pastor's] daughter". ?! There's probably a lot more to this story...

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Sep 22, 2009

    I don't suppose it would be asking too much to ask what the condition of the minister is?

  • Ptah Sep 22, 2009

    "we have some sick people in this world!!!! Church isn't safe anymore."

    Tell that to the children who have been victims of pastor/priest/deacon/choir director/church layperson sexual assault.

    Church safe? That's a real laugh.

  • peppercorns Sep 22, 2009

    i bet the minister did not like this guy, told the daughter not to hang with him anymore,., and this jerk cut him....

  • Chole Sep 22, 2009

    we have some sick people in this world!!!! Church isn't safe anymore.

  • ICTrue Sep 22, 2009

    Ah...just let him go. Who are you kidding?

  • R_U_breakdance fighting Sep 22, 2009

    "The man was an acquaintance of James' daughter, authorities said, and he cut James with a knife"

    What the heck is the daughter doing with friends like that???

  • 3stoogesfan Sep 22, 2009

    He'll just get probation. Pests like these don't ever go away.

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