Suspect in church office assault arrested

| November 5, 2009

GRANVILLE — A suspect in the assault of a church office worker this morning in Granville was arrested in downtown Newark at approximately 3:15 p.m. today.

Jurodt Glimpia Taylor, 48, was arrested by Newark police after as he approached his vehicle parked at Church and Fourth streets, said Sgt. David Dudgeon of the Granville Police Department.

Dudgeon said Newark police spotted the white Hyundai and waited there for him to return to make the arrest.

Dudgeon said Granville police were in the process of delivering the arrest warrant with a charge of assault, and he said Taylor would be taken to the Licking County Jail.

Police said in a press release earlier today that Taylor entered the Parish House of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located next to Opera House Park on South Main Street, at 10:19 a.m. today requesting money to buy gasoline so he could return to Florida.

A church secretary said there were no funds to give him, according to the police statement, and referred him to other organizations.

According to police, he then proceeded to assault the secretary, implying he had a hidden gun. Taylor left the building after the victim cried out, police said.

The victim was not seriously injured, police reported.

Taylor, who police said has a long history of violent crime, may have connections to New York as well as Florida, police said. Police had advised that Taylor should be considered armed and dangerous.

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