Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 5, 2022 / 21:30 pm
Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrested a man Wednesday after he allegedly attacked a desk attendant with a sword and started a fire at Holy Family Cathedral.
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin tweeted the following statement at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday:
“TPD officers responded to a downtown church building at approximately 4 p.m. after a man attacked an employee of the building with a sword, lit incendiary devices, and attempted to set the building ablaze. There were children at the location, all of which were unharmed. We apprehended the man a short time later at 71st & Sheridan after he caused a disturbance in a store by threatening to detonate a device. This is still an active investigation that involves TPD, our Bomb Squad, Tulsa Fire Marshals, and federal authorities. We are working with our federal partners on charges and will share more information as information becomes available.”
The rector of the cathedral, Father Gary Kastl, identified the desk attendant as Ron Notzon, Tulsa television station KTUL reported. Kastl said Notzon confronted the suspect and received lacerations on his hands.