FIRST ON 3: Man arrested after disturbing church with bomb threat


OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sunday school turned scary at a Brunswick County church when a man threatened there was a bomb in the building. It happened over the weekend in Ocean Isle Beach.

“There is an individual in this church who’s screaming, ‘Bomb,’ and we had to carry him out,” a caller told 911 operators. “He’s in the parking lot. We’ve restrained him.”

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It’s probably the last place you would expect something like this to happen. For the Beach Assembly of God congregation, it was a Sunday they may remember for all the wrong reasons.

“We had a subject who I believed was under the impairing substance of something. To what, we’re not sure,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Det. John Holman said. “But what he was doing was going around, interrupting sunday school and services, walking up behind people and slapping them extremely hard on the back, and then he would say bless them.”

Pastor John Chase says it was a pretty unique incident, and that luckily members of his church were able to avoid more harm. He says the situation here at his church was under control very quickly, as there was an off-duty deputy in his congregation, and the Sheriff’s Office responded very quickly to their calls.

“It really encouraged our congregation, even in the midst of the disturbance, that such expertise and professional care and help was available to our congregation within just a matter of minutes,” Chase said.

Deputies arrested Christopher Walker, 31, of Wilmington, for disorderly conduct, simple physical assault and assault on a female.

Despite the original bomb call, investigators searched the church with a K-9 unit and did not find any explosives.

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