Richmond Police recently took a local man identified as Frank Newby into custody following multiple threats reported including a potential bomb threat to a local church.
According to the citation, the incidents began back on March 14th, where Newby allegedly entered the Vineyard Community Church and engaged in a verbal dispute with the pastor. The pastor said that she felt threatened and was worried for her safety, according to police. The citation continues that within the week on the 20th Newby took to Facebook to post sexually explicit accusations against the church pastors. (The comments are too vulgar to be posted here.)
A day later on March 21st, Newby was allegedly seen on camera smearing and throwing 2 dozen eggs in the parking lot of the church, most of which ended up on the front door of the place of worship. Police say the damage totaled $200.00.
Later, police say that Newby admitted to this egging, and also throwing eggs at Remax, Hooters, Waffle House, and Purdy’s Coffee Shop, a barbershop on Big Hill Avenue, and State Farm Insurance.
The citation continues that on the 24th of last month Newby was arrested for a court-ordered involuntary mental detention and hospitalization for altered mental state and was taken to Eastern State Hospital, where he was subsequently released.
Days later, Newby again took to social media and posted a picture of a large hunting knife, saying that it was “his weapon of choice for [killing] as it is more fun when it is up close and personal. LOL”.
Police stated that they arrested Newby as he seemed to be a physical threat to himself and others. He was charged with terroristic threatening, harassing communications, theft by unlawful taking, and 3rd degree criminal mischief.