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Police: Man Was Sleeping in Church's Attic

A 22-year-old Madison man was charged with trespassing.


A 22-year-old man was allegedly caught sleeping in an Orange church's attic at 3:40 p.m. on Jan. 25.

According to Orange Police, Shawn Lei, of Madison, was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 210 Old Grassy Hill Road.

"Officers learned that the church’s staff was conducting a meeting there when the arrestee exited the church’s attic. The church staff indicated that the church had otherwise been closed and locked," the report states. "The arrestee indicated that he had gotten tired while traveling, so he stopped at the church and slept in the attic. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged."

Lei was released after posting a $500 bond. He is schedule to appear in court on Feb. 8.

John Thomson February 14, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Are you a Christian? If you are then you aren't a very good one. You're worried more about the appearance than their Christian duty. Read Matthew 25, cited above. You make me sad.
Stacy from GreenSprays February 14, 2013 at 10:29 PM
@John Thomson, I don't reply to anyone with a fake account, as you can see I use my real name and real photo. I don't need to hide behind anything. Do you open your home to strangers to live with you daily? If your Christian, you don't hide and you don't pass judgment, especially to a house of worship. please.
Charles Rutherford February 15, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Can you cite some examples besides proselytizing that the JW's do for your town? It is typically not their policy to do any community involvement outside of recruitment.
Stacy from GreenSprays February 16, 2013 at 01:50 AM
@Charles (although you're another user with no account), as I've said already, they are not my parish in town, that being said my parish (2nd largest church in town) has the same policy to phone the police for anyone inside the building during down times. Everyone on here who is quoting the bible, what are you doing for your service work? I hope you paid for legal services for the man, found him a job and a home if that's really your position. When you drive around town and look at the delinquent tax bill on real estate and cars, I do find it enough that the church is paid on time and clean, more than I can say for a lot of houses and people's tax status in town. I don't need to have the JWs do anything for the town other than meet their obligations to be clean and on time with their bills, much like I'm not looking for that from the Jewish community, the other Christian communities in town or any other religion.
JNG March 04, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Rutherford and Russell were former Presidents of the WT Organization. Former WT members and malcontents often troll the internet for JW related articles looking for a forum to spew their vitriol under these psuedonyms. These individuals should have better things to do with their time. For whatever reason the church pushed them out or they left, they need to move on. As long as we are quoting scripture, 2 Thess 3:10 says "If they do not want to work, let them not eat." Look at the extensive disaster relief work JW has done for Katrina and Sandy, and other matters around the world. It is done without fanfare. No one should sneak onto someone's property and hide themselves. What if they were dangerous to themselves or others. We would complain that the church wasn't vigilant.

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