Police: Man gets naked at church, punches churchgoer in head

State News

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina arrested a man who they say stripped naked at a church and punched a church member in the head.

Gastonia police told news outlets 39-year-old Christopher Patton Gossage became disruptive inside H.I.S. Frontline Ministry on Sunday. When church leaders tried to escort Gossage out, investigators say he took off his shirt, ran inside and grabbed the preacher. He was taken outside, where he took off the rest of his clothes and threw a punch.

Police said officers struggled with Gossage during his arrest and said he tried to avoid handcuffs by spitting on an officer and trying to bite another officer.

Police charged Gossage with indecent exposure and several misdemeanors. He’s in jail on bond. It’s not known if he has an attorney who can comment.

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