Benny Holmes (pictured) is a man of God and pastor at The Church of New Beginnings in Baytown, Texas, toting the Bible in one hand and a pistol in the other.
The preacher, however, had to resort to using his handgun to stop Laurie Ferguson from allegedly stealing packages that were being delivered to his home, according to ABC News.
Holmes grew tired of having his packages stolen from his side porch, so he decided to concoct a plan to catch the culprit snatching the goods. The pastor placed two decoy packages on his side porch and hid from view as he waited with pistol in hand for the package thief to come calling.
Hours went by and finally Holmes saw a car pull up in his driveway. A middle-aged White woman stepped out of her vehicle and walked towards the side porch. When the woman went to grab the packages, Holmes made his move, pulling his gun out and forcing the culprit to lie on her stomach on the ground.
The good minister placed his foot on Ferguson’s back to keep her from trying to escape as they waited for the authorities.
Meanwhile, Ferguson’s alleged excuse to Holmes for her being at his residence was that she had lost her pups and was trying to hunt them down. Unfortunately, the woman’s reason for being at the Holmes residence was the very same one she had used two years ago when he had reportedly caught her on the side of his home.
This go-round, when Ferguson used the same excuse about her dogs, Holmes responded, “You found him, bow-wow,” reports ABC News.
Ferguson was taken into custody and when police investigated her residence they stumbled upon at least 30 packages stockpiled in a closet.
As far as Holmes facing any criminal charges, there won’t be any at all. In Texas, a resident of the state has a right to protect their property. Ferguson however has been slapped with a theft charge and possibly more indictments to come down the line according to authorities.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.