Churchgoers Tackle Woman They Say Made Bomb Threat

Suspect holding baby allegedly threatened to blow up San Diego church, waved handgun around
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2019 11:44 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Places of worship around the world were on high alert Easter after apparently coordinated attacks killed nearly 300 in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka over the weekend, which may be why congregants at a San Diego church were willing to jump a woman they say arrived with a baby at Sunday services and started making threats. The San Diego Police Department reports that a young woman said to be in her late 20s or early 30s strolled into the Mount Everest Academy, leased by the nondenominational Church TsidKenu, at around noon Sunday, clutching both a 10-month-old baby and a handgun, per CNN. The woman, IDed by KGTV as 31-year-old Anna Conkey, then "walked up on stage and made threats that she was going to blow up the church while waving the handgun," per a police statement.

"She was saying craziness about the rapture not being real, and everyone going to hell," a witness adds. That's when churchgoers stepped in, somehow managing to wrest both the baby and handgun from her and tackle her to the ground, a police spokesman tells CNN. Police say that gun wasn't loaded, and no explosive device was found on the premises or in Conkey's car. Both the baby and Conkey's 5-year-old daughter, who was later found by authorities "healthy and unhurt," are now in protective custody. Police say Conkey will likely face charges of making criminal threats and displaying a handgun in a threatening manner, per the Washington Post. (Read more San Diego stories.)

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