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Man insists he's Jesus Christ, steals donation box from Pontiac church

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 15:39:47-04

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) — A 29-year-old man insisting to be Jesus Christ is now sitting at the Oakland County Jail pending criminal charges for a larceny in Pontiac.

On April 21, deputies responded to the Eternal Mother Temple Church on W. Kenneth Rd on a report of a man asking for money and intimidating parishioners.

Witnesses say the man insisted he was Jesus Christ and should be given money.

At the scene, deputies were told the 29-year-old stole a donation box containing $831 in cash and ran off from the church.

Deputies provided officers with a suspect description and urged colleagues to be on the lookout. One deputy who had been on an unrelated call in the North Hill Farms Apartment complex saw a man matching the suspect description.

The man was seen carrying a large Plexiglas donation box with cash inside. When deputies approached the suspect, he took off running. Deputies pursued him, eventually deploying a taser two separate times unsuccessfully.

Deputies eventually caught up with the suspect in the area of Fairmount Avenue and Apple Lane and placed him under arrest after a struggle. A deputy did receive a minor injury during the arrest, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department.

The donation box was recovered from the area where deputies first attempted to interview the suspect.