A preacher known for his close friendship with New York City’s mayor was robbed of more than $1 million worth of jewelry Sunday by armed bandits who crashed his Brooklyn church service, just as he was sermonizing about keeping faith in the face of grave adversity, police said.Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead, who embraces his flashy lifestyle and can often be seen driving around the Big Apple in his Rolls Royce, was delivering a sermon at his Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries when police say three robbers walked in.
They showed guns and demanded property from Miller-Whitehead and his wife, Asia K. DosReis-Whitehead, police said.The service was also being livestreamed online.In the video, which appears to have been removed from the church’s social media channels, Miller-Whitehead is heard asking his flock, “How many of you have lost your faith because you saw somebody else die?”
Miller-Whitehead said in a video posted to Instagram that the robbers ripped his collar off to grab his chain and held a gun to his infant daughter’s face while stealing his wife’s jewelry.Police said the robbers fled in a white Mercedes that was last seen on Avenue D near the church, in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood.
Miller-Whitehead made an unsuccessful bid last year to succeed Adams in that post.In May, Miller-Whitehead made headlines for showing up to a Manhattan police precinct in a Rolls Royce SUV as he attempted to negotiate the surrender of a man accused of gunning down a stranger on a New York City subway train.Miller-Whitehead told reporters at the time that he had “multiple conversations” with Adams regarding Andrew Abdullah’s surrender, though the suspect was ultimately picked up by police outside the offices of the public defender organization that was representing him.In an Instagram post Sunday, Miller-Whitehead defended his bling-loving lifestyle, saying he’s “going to live his life the way God has it set up for him.
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