5 face hate crime charges in alleged attack against black Va. pastor; he was arrested when he called for help

Five people face hate crime charges in an alleged assault on a black pastor June 1.

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV/Gray News) — Five people have been arrested in Shenandoah County in connection to an ongoing case surrounding a black pastor who was allegedly assaulted by a group of people, drew a weapon to protect himself and ended up being the one arrested, WHSV reported.

According to an announcement from Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter on Friday afternoon, the charge of brandishing a firearm against Pastor Leon McCray, of Lighthouse Church & Marketplace Ministries International in Woodstock, was dropped earlier this week.

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