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Four people arrested after assaulting pastor at church in Horry County

Toria Nesbitt (Source: HCPD) Toria Nesbitt (Source: HCPD)
Bruce Edwards Jr. (Source: HCPD) Bruce Edwards Jr. (Source: HCPD)
Diasha Cooper (Source: HCPD) Diasha Cooper (Source: HCPD)
Kimberly Kirby (Source: HCPD) Kimberly Kirby (Source: HCPD)
Source: George Umbenhauer Source: George Umbenhauer

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Four people were arrested following an assault of a 54-year-old pastor at the Divine Deliverance Worship Center on Highway 501 in the Conway area of Horry County on Sunday morning.

Horry County Police’s investigation at the scene revealed that the four suspects traveled to the church to assault the pastor over accusations against him.

Toria Nesbitt, age 21, of Myrtle Beach, and Bruce R. Edwards, age 19, of Myrtle Beach, are charged with third degree assault and battery by mob, disturbance of religious worship and malicious damage to place of worship, according to a news release from the HCPD.

Daisha P. Cooper, age 19, of Conway, is charged with third degree assault and battery by mob and disturbance of religious worship.

Kimberly S. Kirby, age 27, of Conway, is charged with disturbance of religious worship.

According to the police report from the HCPD, the suspects punched the glass window of the church door and shattered it and broke the back door trying to get in. One of the witnesses told police, Edwards reached in his pocket and told one of the witnesses over and over he would “blow her [expletive] brains out.”

The police report states Edwards and Cooper fought the victim and struck him in the head. Members of the church attempted to break the fight up.

Edwards, Cooper and Kirby were transported to the Horry County Detention Center to await bond.

Nesbitt was injured during the incident and admitted to a local hospital. He remains in custody and under police-watch until his release from the hospital. Upon release, he will be transported to the HCDC.

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