“According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, deputies were called to Marbleton Freewill Baptist Church on Sunday evening on a report that the pastor there had been assaulted.
Hensley said that according to witness accounts, the man, now identified as Christopher Sneed, got up from his pew, struck the preacher in the head and began cursing at him.
Sneed then left the church on foot, Hensley said.
Deputies found him not far from the church, Hensley said, and arrested him on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Unicoi County Jail.”