MIAMI – A nun from a downtown church shelter was arrested for allegedly confronting a police officer who was dealing with a homeless man armed with a knife and an ice pick, according to WPLG-Ch. 10.
Sister Margaret Anthony is facing misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice after the Monday incident outside the Missionaries of Charity shelter near NW 17th Street and Seventh Court, the station reported.
Sister Margaret was not jailed, and a court date has not been set, Moss told WFOR-Ch. 4.
As police were trying to diffuse a situation with the homeless man, Sister Margaret got in the way and confronted the officer, a Miami Police spokesman told WPLG.
“The nun refused to stay back. She came through the gate. At one point, she gets right in front of, or right in the middle of, the police officer and this knife-, ice pick-wielding man.” Cmdr. Delrish Moss said.
Moss said police think Sister Margaret was only trying to protect the homeless man, but she “stepped over the boundary” and interfered with the police officer.
Another nun from the shelter refused to comment, telling WPLG: “Everything is with the greater glory of God. There’s nothing else we want to say.”
Hopefully this will all get straightened out.