“Philly Jesus” arrested for refusing to leave Apple Store
A former heroin addict who, as “Philly Jesus”, has become known as a street preacher was arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to leave an Apple Store in Philadelphia.
Michael Grant has been a common sight on the streets of the city for the past two years, Phillymag.com reported. With his flowing robes, long hair, a beard and a cross, Grant cut a distinctive figure.
Grant is also known for his strong anti-homosexuality views which he posts on his Twitter feed and is a September 11 “truther” – a conspiracy theorist who questions the mainstream account of the attack on New York’s World Trade Centre in 2001.
Witnesses said the dispute had centred on the large cross he brought into the store. Staff complained it was blocking the aisle and obstructing customers. Grant had gone into the store to read his emails.
Grant was asked to take the cross outside of the store and was asked to leave when he refused to do so.
Staff at the Apple Store asked Grant to leave three times, but he refused. “I know my rights – freedom of religion” bystanders heard him shout.
Police were called and Grant was handcuffed and arrested. He has been charged with defiant trespass and disorderly conduct.