A 31-year-old former NBC News producer attempted to attack a San Diego church on Easter morning, where she held her own baby hostage and threatened to blow up a parish.
Despite a blackout in national media coverage, NBC San Diego provided the details about the horrifying incident that the dozens of Christians in attendance were lucky to escape from:
The San Diego Police Department has identified the woman who is accused of walking into an Easter Day service in Clairemont with a baby and a weapon on Sunday.
Police said Conkey walked into the auditorium of the Mount Everest Academy Sunday afternoon, where a non-denominational church was having an Easter Day service, and began making threats.
According to police, Conkey walked onto the stage and made threats that she was going to blow up the church while she waved a handgun.
The church’s head pastor, Benjamin Wisan, said the woman seemed very agitated and frustrated and “not in her right mind.”
“This girl came through the back of the stage. She had a baby and a gun,” Wisan said.
Conkey is listed as a contributor at KPBS News, a news affiliate of San Diego State University:
Military.com has reported that Conkey is pleading not guilty to a host of charges including three counts of making criminal threats, one count of attempting to make a threat, child abuse, interfering with an officer, possessing a gun in a school zone, making a false bomb report and misdemeanor interfering with a religious service.
Conkey will face over 23 years in prison if she is ultimately convicted of her crimes. Her young baby, who she put in harms way needlessly during her deranged rampage, is now in the state’s custody.
The videos posted on Conkey’s YouTube page indicate that she was very troubled. Posts on her blog show that she believed that God was talking directly to her, she could speak in tongues, she was possessed by spirits, and Jesus Christ appeared to her in dreams. Social justice was a common theme to poetry that she regularly posted.
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