A man was arrested in Hartford on Sunday morning after an altercation at the Glory Chapel International Cathedral.
Police were called to the church for the report of a man believed to be under the influence of drugs who had a knife and was yelling at parishioners.
"He started to flip out and he got out of the church and said he needs medical attention because he's disassociation," said Eyea Labiste, of Hartford, who was at the church when the incident happened.
The man, identified as 39-year-old Tyrell Mohown, got involved in a physical altercation with a parishioner and reportedly stabbed him with a kitchen knife.
Police said Mohown was heard yelling "You Spies! Go back to your Island...you roaches. I'll kill you all for putting your hands on me.”
Mohown was found to be in possession of a second kitchen knife.
He was charged with third-degree assault, criminal attempt to commit second-degree assault, second-degree threatening, carrying a dangerous weapon, intimidation based on bigotry or bias, and disorderly conduct.
He's being held on a $95,000 bond. He has a criminal past dating back to 2009, including assault, larceny and burglary.
For people who use the church, they said it is a wonderful place and they will continue to go there.
"You go to church for worship, maybe he needs prayer, but maybe he shouldn't have been there in the first place," Labiste said.
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