An NYPD spokesperson has confirmed that on Sunday morning, Greater Allen A.M.E. Church in Jamaica was evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in during services.
According to the spokesperson, an unidentified male called the church around 9 a.m. and told the lead pastor, former U.S. Rep Rev. Floyd Flake, that a bomb had been planted in the building and it was set to detonate in 60 minutes.
Congregants attending mass were quickly evacuated.
Police and the Emergency Services Unit responded to the scene at 9:27 a.m., searched the premises and determined the threat was unfounded.
After police deemed the church safe, masses resumed.
Church staff has not returned request for comment, but worshippers were updated through the Church’s Twitter account.
“Praise God!! The sanctuary is secure and we WILL worship in the cathedral sanctuary for our 11:15am worship service!!,” the tweet read.
Another tweet was published shortly thereinafter.
“We’re so grateful for all of your prayers!! Our Pastors Floyd & Elaine Flake are safe, our church family is safe and our GOD Has the VICTORY,” the tweet read.
A criminal complaint has been filed. No suspect has been arrested.
For more on the story, check Friday’s issue of The PRESS of Southeast Queens.
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