Jenkins Residents Outraged After Priest Robbed

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Residents say they're outraged after someone robbed an elderly priest at knife point. This is the second time in two weeks the priest in Jenkins has been robbed.

Police say they are still looking for a suspect after someone took hundreds of dollars from Father Edward Randall's home. We spoke with some of Randall's friends who say his home has been broken into more than a dozen times in the past 15 years and police say they're taking steps to keep this from happening again.

Police say Edward Randall, a Jenkins priest, has been robbed twice in two weeks while he was home.

"A week and a half ago, he got robbed by knife point. They told him to sit there and if he told anyone, they would come back and cut him up with that knife," said Thurman Hall.

"All you have to do is ask. The man is a priest. What on earth is somebody thinking to point a weapon at a priest," said Sergeant Jim Stephens with the Jenkins Police Department.

Police say they have leads, but the suspect who stole hundreds of dollars from Randall's home hasn't been caught.

"He's the most generous person you've met. If you asked him for it, he'd probably give it to you," Hall said.

Not only has money been stolen, but police say Randall's safety has also been taken from him.

"I worry about him constantly," Hall said.

Sergeant Stephens says a local businessman is installing a security system for free and the community is doing everything they can to protect Randall, who they say is a symbol of hope and inspiration in the community.

"The neighborhood is really standing up and doing the best they can. They volunteered to stay with him to make sure he stays safe," Stephens said.

Jenkins police say they have some leads, but are asking anyone with information to contact them as soon as possible.

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