Man accused of attacking pastor

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 28-year-old Lawrenceville man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly tried to choke a pastor at Amazing Grace Church.

The pastor told police Bradley Jacob Davis came to the church and began acting erratically, stating he was Jesus and he wanted to die. Davis said he was multiple people and he wanted to go into the church, according to a police report.

Davis also said he was there for his mother's funeral and that his father was inside. Both Davis' parents had committed suicide in recent years, the report said. The pastor, who had seen the man only once four years ago at the mother's funeral, started talking to him. Davis then allegedly put his hands around the pastor's throat and started to squeeze.

Davis was attempting to drive out of the parking lot when police arrived to investigate. He was charged with battery and then involuntarily committed to Gwinnett Medical Center for psychiatric treatment.

Church's crucifixes vandalized

•NORCROSS - Someone bent two brass crucifixes Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 2140 Beaver Ruin Road.

The business manager of the church reportedly discovered the property damage, which probably occurred between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Wednesday. The church is open between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily, and the crucifixes were located in the sanctuary, according to the police report.

There were no suspects.

Man charged with beating girlfriend

•NORCROSS - A 38-year-old Norcross man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating his girlfriend because she would not have sex.

The 25-year-old girlfriend told police Eric D. Benbow wanted to have sex with her, but she had turned him down. He then began fighting with the girlfriend, hitting her in the head and scratching her on the chest, according to a police report. The woman suffered a welt above her left eye and abrasions to the chest.

Benbow was arrested on a charge of battery.

- From staff reports