Wallaceburg man charged with disturbing a religious worship

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Tickling the ivories during a church service on Sunday led to a 37-year-old Wallaceburg man facing several charges, including one that is rarely laid.

Chatham-Kent police said the man entered a church on Elgin Street in Wallaceburg around 11 a.m. on Sunday and started playing the piano, which disrupted the service.

Police were called when he refused to leave, which led to a charge of disturbing a religious worship being laid.

Public information officer Const. Renee Cowell told The Chatham Daily News: “Disturbing a religious worship is not often laid by police, but it is a criminal code offence, which certainly did apply yesterday given the behaviour displayed by this man while in church.”

Prior to this, the officer noted she had not heard of this charge being laid in Chatham-Kent during her 23 years of policing.

When police arrived on scene, an officer found the accused on the stairs leading to the basement of the church. Police said the officer recognized the man and knew he was currently wanted on an outstanding warrant.

As the officer placed the man under arrest, he pulled away and fled down the stairs, police said.

A struggle ensued and police said the man grabbed a chair and held it an aggressive manner towards police. He threw the chair to the ground and continued to ignore the officer's commands.

Police said a taser was successfully deployed and the man was taken into custody without anyone being injured.

While being searched, police said the man admitted to being in possession of a steak knife, which was found a few feet away from where he was arrested.

Police said other charges laid against the accused include escape lawful custody, resist peace officer and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing, police said.







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