Man steals crucifixes and uses them to stab and rob people


Forrest Brantley 
By: Wayne Morin

A man was arrested on a charge of assault after allegedly beating people with stolen crucifixes to steal their cellphones, according to police in California.

The Ventura Police Department said that they have arrested 35-year-old Forrest Brantley, after being accused of going on a crime spree with stolen crucifixes.

Brantley has been charged with robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Ventura County jail, and his bail was set at $202,500.

According to the police investigation, Brantley entered the gift shop of a church on Thursday morning, and stole several crucifixes.

Brantley went outside to the parking lot of the church, where he tried to steal a person’s phone. When the victim refused to give the phone to Brantley, the suspect stabbed with the crucifix.

Brantley then walked down the street, and stabbed two additional victims. He then broke the car window of a 75-year-old victim, who was sitting inside the vehicle, and stabbed him using the crucifix.

The 75-year-old man was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. The suspect then broke into a thrift store, where he stole a bike.

Brantley approached another victim and hit him with the crucifix before he was arrested.