HOCNA: Man Steals Donation “Back” from HTM

This is absolutely horrifying. What’s worse is that it appears they tried to stop him from donating it in the first place. Could this have been an intentional attempt at a provocation?

(source) Brookline– A 50-year-old man was arrested on Saturday, Sept. 22, after he allegedly walked into the Holy Transfiguration Monastery on Warren Street and demanded money.

Konstantinos Marmanidis, a Dedham resident, entered the monastery at roughly 10 a.m., holding a flashlight, which he waved in a “threatening manner,” according to a report from the Brookline Police Department.

When officers arrived on scene, they found Marmanidis upstairs “yelling loudly at the clergy members,” according to the report.

The officers attempted to get Marmanidis to drop the flashlight, which he allegedly was holding backwards, like a club. He refused to drop the flashlight, and approached the officers with a “mad, menacing look and aggressive posture,” according to the written police report.

One of the officers used his baton to strike the flashlight out of Marmanidis’ hand, according to the report. Marmanidis was escorted out of the building by the police and transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center because of a minor injury.

A witness at the scene said Marmanidis had allegedly visited the monastery a few days earlier and donated money. The same witness said he told Marmanidis at the time that the amount of money he donated was too much and he didn’t want to accept it. According to the report, the witness ultimately accepted the gift.