Two men have been arrested after it was alleged they robbed Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Whitehead of over $1 million in jewelry during a live sermon.
Juwan Anderson, 23, and Say-Quan Pollack, 23, have been charged with the armed robbery, according to Breon Peace, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The two suspects are accused of holding up Whitehead’s church in July along with an unidentified accomplice who was masked and dressed in all black.
In July 2020, Anderson was arrested for domestic violence assault, while Pollack was sentenced to five years for two counts of robbery in 2016.
“As alleged, the defendants brought guns into a place of worship, stealing from two members of the clergy, and terrifying the congregation in the process,” said United States Attorney Peace. “I commend the Special Agents and Detectives for their outstanding efforts in identifying the perpetrators who committed a crime that shocks the conscience for its brazenness. This Office will always work with our law enforcement partners to protect our houses of worship, prosecute those who engage in gun violence and ensure the safety of all members of our community.”
He stated, “They caught the robbers, the three men that robbed my church.”
Whitehead continued, “I was just awakened just about an hour ago. … I am so excited today. They got ’em; they got ’em, they got ’em, they got ’em, they got ’em.”
He also refuted rumors that he participated in the crime, despite receiving criticism for his flashy appearance and excessive jewelry.
“Everybody that stated that I had something to do with it, all I ask is that you apologize,” he said. “Just say ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry, bishop, and may the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry.’”