Former church pastor arrested in choking of 4-month-old at Wal-Mart in Overland Park

Author: Tony Rizzo
Date Published: 10/19/2016
On Wednesday at the Wal-Mart at 7701 Frontage Road in Overland Park, a man walked up and starting choking a 4-month-old baby. Police said the baby was not injured. Tammy Ljungblad tljungblad@kcstar.com
On Wednesday at the Wal-Mart at 7701 Frontage Road in Overland Park, a man walked up and starting choking a 4-month-old baby. Police said the baby was not injured. Tammy Ljungblad tljungblad@kcstar.com

A former pastor of a church in New Jersey was tackled by bystanders after he allegedly tried to choke a woman’s baby Wednesday morning inside an Overland Park Wal-Mart.

Police said the baby was not injured.

The incident was reported just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday inside the store at 7701 Frontage Road.

The woman was standing in a checkout line with her 4-month-old baby when a man she didn’t know walked up and started to choke the child.

Other people nearby intervened and subdued the man until police arrived and arrested him.

Police said the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

He was identified in jail records as a 54-year-old resident of Clifton, N.J. He is being held without bond pending the filing of charges.

The Star is not naming him because charges have not been filed.

When he was booked in the Johnson County jail on Wednesday, he listed his address as that of a Ukrainian Orthodox cathedral in Clifton, N.J.

The current pastor said the man arrested in Overland Park left his position as pastor about 10 months ago.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc