Man with torch disrupted outdoor church service in NC mountains, deputies say


Joshua Taylor (Source: McDowell County Sheriff’s Office)

McDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – McDowell County Sheriff’s Office officials said a man was arrested after he interrupted an outdoor religious service.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a disturbance Sunday at about 11:49 a.m. at the Cross Mill Church of God, located on Old Highway 10 West.

Deputies said Joshua Adam Taylor, 38, of Marion, was brandishing a weapon and disrupted the church’s outdoor service.

When deputies arrived on scene, they arrested Taylor. He has been charged with disrupting a religious service and resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer.

Deputies said Taylor had a metal knife sharpener and a soldering torch.

Another North Carolina man is also accused of disrupting a church service the same day. He was armed with a knife and was shot by a deputy during an incident at the gathering near Charlotte.

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