Police have issued an arrest warrant for the controversial pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, La.
The warrant accuses pastor Tony Spell of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the Central Police Department says.
Police in Central say Spell allegedly backed up a church bus into the direction of a person protesting in front of his church Sunday.
“At first I thought he [Spell] was just turning around his bus and was going to pull away, but he just kept coming in reverse,” said Trey Bennett, the protester.
Video of the alleged incident shows the bus coming to a stop just short of where the protester was standing.
“I could see him [Spell] driving the bus. He was honking his horn loudly at me and making gestures suggesting he was yelling while he was driving. It didn’t seem real until it was physically in my face with a bus,” said Bennett.
There is also a second warrant out for the arrest of the person driving a white truck that appears to swerve off the road in a separate attempt to hit a protester standing on the side of the road near the church.
“And he [man in white truck] was going very fast. He just pulled over at me and turned into the church. That was much faster than what Tony Spell was doing when he drove the bus at me,” said Bennett.
Spell has previously been charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of defying an order by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards that prohibits gatherings of more than ten people during the coronavirus outbreak.
In a telephone interview with WAFB Monday, April 20, Spell acknowledges he was driving the bus and simply wanted to get out and confront the protester.
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