Fellowship Baptist Church Pastor Mike Lewis has denied encouraging three homeless members of his congregation to throw a Molotov cocktail through the front window of his ex-girlfriend’s parents’ home.
Anthony Newbolt, Richerd Wright and Kristen Broyles were arrested for their involvement in the incident, but police believe that the three of them were acting under Lewis’s orders.
When asked by Sacramento's CBS 13 whether he paid the three people to terrorize his ex-girlfriend, he replied, “That’s a sad statement, because I never did pay them.”
The 39-year-old pastor was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on charges of arson, conspiracy, and stalking, before making bail on Saturday night. The next day he was back at his pulpit in Vacaville, Calif.
Police claim that after Lewis’ arrest, they found illegal firearms, methamphetamine and what they believe is evidence implicating Lewis in the fire-bombing of Sarah Nottingham’s home.
Nottingham says that Lewis has been “trying to hurt” her and her family ever since she broke up with him. Nottingham told reporters that Lewis vandalized her car and set fire to her shrubbery earlier this year, even though she took out a restraining order against him last year.
Lewis claims to have no idea what’s going on. His parishioners are standing by him.
According to public records, Lewis is due in court tomorrow on charges related to the restraining order.