WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman threatened to blow up an Easter service in San Diego while holding a gun and a 10-month-old baby.
- The bomb threat was apparently false and the gun was not loaded, and nobody was harmed in the incident.
- Anna Conkey is currently facing multiple charges and is set to appear in court on Wednesday while her children are in protective custody.
A woman interrupted Sunday’s Easter church service in San Diego when she threatened to blow up the building while holding a gun and a 10-month-old baby.
When the San Diego police arrived at Mt. Everest Academy, where a nondenominational service was being held Sunday afternoon, the church members had already disarmed the woman.
The police stated that the gun was not loaded and no one was harmed. There was also nothing found when the officers swept the building for bombs.
Anna Conkey, 31, has since been arrested and is now facing the following charges: disturbing a religious meeting, displaying a firearm at a school, making a false bomb threat, assault, and child cruelty.
The baby has since been taken into protective custody along with the suspect’s 5-year-old daughter, who was found at another location after the incident.
Conkey had previously worked for NBC San Diego as an intern and freelance digital producer. According to the station, she was also in the U.S. Navy.
The station reported that she had sent them an email news tip five minutes before entering the church.
The email read: “There’s a woman claiming to be the Messiah, saying she was sent to blow up the foundation of the Church — she’s got a gun and a child is involved. The address is 4350 Mount Everest Blvd San Diego, CA 92117. There are about 70 people in the auditorium of the school where the church service is held.”
Conkey left out the information that she was the woman being referred to.
In an interview with NBC San Diego, Tsidkenu Church Pastor Benjamin Wisan said Conkey seemed frustrated and “not in her right mind” when she interrupted the service. He also noticed that she was not making any sense when she spoke.
Wisan said Conkey had previously attended the church but the congregation “had some problems with her.”
Tsidkenu shared on Facebook late Sunday that the congregation continued with the Easter celebrations.
His post read, “To all our wonderful friends and family! Everyone is doing great! And no injuries, JUST DIVINE PROTECTION!”
According to jail records, Conkey is being held at the Las Colinas Detention Facility with a $200,000 bail. She is set to appear in court on Wednesday.
Source: NBC News