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Jan 02, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

Texas Man Captured On His Way To Massacre A Church And "Fulfill A Prophecy"

Thanks to the rapid reaction of the local police in responding to an alert about a suspicious man, the massacre of a Seguin, Texas church in the name of fulfilling a "prophecy" may have been very narrowly avoided.

According to a press release from Seguin Police spokesperson Tanya Brown, a man was seen walking in the neighborhood around 7:00 AM on Sunday morning.

The off-duty officer who first responded to the call and made contact described the man as "an oddly dressed male wearing tactical style clothing, a surgical face shield, carrying a loaded firearm and extra ammunition,” Brown said.

The man, later identified as 33-year-old Tony Albert, reportedly told officers he was on his way to a church to “fulfill...a prophecy,” Brown said.

Albert was promptly arrested and taken to the Guadalupe County Jail for possession of marijuana and felony possession of a firearm. 

Tony D. Albert (Mugshot: Guadalupe County Jail)

Few details have emerged about Albert's religious motives and the "prophecy" to which he referred. ABC13 reports that Albert wrote in a court filing that he is associated with Messianic Judaism, so it may be the radical and ideologically-violent Hebrew Roots movement. Albert also claimed membership in the First Church of Cannabis, a self-proclaimed religious organization that views smoking marijuana as a sacrament.

“This morning, the Seguin Police Department is extremely grateful to the citizen who called police,” Brown continued. “If this subject was not stopped and apprehended the results could have ended differently.”

Albert's capture was certainly providential as he was arrested only few hundred feet away from The Door Christian Fellowship of Seguin just minutes before their worship service began.

“I felt really bad for the guy,” The Door pastor Jason Garcia told KTRK-TV. “Every one of us has sin in our life; every one of us has struggles. And it just takes one bad day to push somebody over the edge, and whatever that guy was going through, I feel bad for him. I hope he gets the help that he needs.”



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