CENTRAL, La (NBC Local 33)(Fox 44) – Pastor Tony Spell was arrested by Central Police on Tuesday morning shortly before he was scheduled to hold a press conference before turning himself in.
A warrant was issued for Spell’s arrest after investigators say a Sunday incident involving a protester was caught on camera.
Supporters of Spell gathered at East Baton Rogue Parish Prison to rally in support of the pastor.
Spell was already facing six misdemeanors after he hosted church services for several hundred parishioners, disobeying Louisiana Governor John Bel Edward’s “stay at home” orders which were issued to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Spell addressed his supporters after being bailed out, promising to hold a church service tonight.