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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man accused of robbing a Wilmington church last night says he was framed.

Just before 10 p.m. police responded to a breaking and entering at Emmanuel Temple Church. That’s where they found James Davis in an alley way an arrested him for stealing from the church.

Today during a jailhouse interview, Davis said he was trying to get paid $130 his boss owed him just before police arrested him for allegedly stealing a computer from a church.

“He got out of the car and disappeared,” Davis said of the other man. “I didn’t know what he was doing. I didn’t.”

Davis said soon after he met his boss to collect the cash, he realized the man had other intentions, and he didn’t realize what the building was next to the alley where they met.

“I didn’t know it was a church,” Davis said.

Although police say Davis robbed the church, he is adamant that he’s innocent.

“I don’t deserve to be here (in jail),” Davis said. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Davis said if he does sees his boss again, he will do something wrong.

“I don’t think I would be talking to him actually. I think I would be back in here for really hurting that boy,” Davis said.

Davis had something to say to the congregation and the pastor he is accused of hurting.

“I can talk to him, and we can pray together,” he said.

The assistant pastor of Emmanuel Temple Church, told WWAY they are letting the police handle the matter.

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  • Vog46

    “The Devil made me do it”

    Yeah – that’s why he stole from a Church.
    I take it this guy’s not a Mensa member????????


  • justin

    Why, oh why, would you give this guy any air time? Read the police report – they caught him red-handed.

  • SurfCityTomBFF

    Lord, please strike down those that violate your commandments by stealing and let there much nashing of the teeth for this demonic man in his captivity.

    Oh, and Sarah — what is this guy’s first name — it’s a key part of the story!

  • SurfCityTom

    would never make a post like this.

    How dare you try to impersonate me?

  • Guest Reply Redux

    His first name is: “Antidisestablishmentarianism”
    His middle name is “Beanpole”
    Some call him “Cleep”

  • SurfCityTomBFF

    Lord, Please send your wrath down upon this man, for he is a criminal and a danger to society:

    OPEN CONT ALCOHOL AFT CONSUME (no surprise, guy looks drink in pic above)
    DWI LEVEL 1, 2, 3, and 4
    OPERATE VEHICLE W/O LICENSE (that what happens after the DWI)

    “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
    Matthew 13:42

  • Guest Reply Redux

    “5 Hail Mary’s and a copy of your Mayonnaise Stew…then all shall be forgiven My Sun”!
    Clarkiens 5:045/2nd Chapter/3rd paragraph/page 10/and on Facebook too!!

  • guesty

    I have a few secret admirers as well.

  • GuestReality1.

    He sure had me fooled.


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