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Suspect punched man in the head in the middle of a church service in Tennessee, cops say

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Dec. 31 2021, Published 4:04 p.m. ET

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A suspect faces assault charges after he allegedly punched a man in the head during a preacher's sermon, according to a report.

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The incident happened at the Olivet Baptist Church at 740 East Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Local 12 reported.

As Pastor Kevin Adams was delivering a sermon, a video showed a suspect walking up to a man in the front row of pews and hitting him in the head, according to Local 12.

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Police identified the suspect as Marcus Trammell Williams, 34, Local 12 reported.

An affidavit obtained by Local 12 stated the man who was punched told officers that Williams had threatened him at the church a few months ago because he thought the man insulted his mother.

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The victim said Williams “walked up to me and swung at me for no reason,” according to Local 12.

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Williams would not speak to investigators at the scene, according to the affidavit obtained by Local 12. He was later arrested and charged with assault.

In a Facebook post, Adams said Williams is going through a difficult time, according to Local 12.

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“He just had some issues and problems,” Adams said, according to Local 12. “Just left rehab, just left rehab, all of us go through stuff.”

Adams said as soon as Williams got back into the fellowship hall, he began to cry.

“He was so sorry about what he did,” said Adams, according to Local 12. “It was almost like he didn’t even know he was there. But the damage had already been done.”

Adams says Williams will go back to rehab and the church will help him through that process, Local 12 reported.

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