‘Philly Jesus’ charged with disorderly conduct after Apple store arrest

Michael Grant blocked an aisle with a cross he was carrying, police said, and refused to leave despite being asked by staff and police several times

A man who calls himself Philly Jesus was apprehended at a Philadelphia Apple store and charged with trespassing and disorderly behavior on Monday.

Michael Grant a born-again Christian who has strayed the street of Philadelphia for years, wearing long hair, a beard and robes entered an Apple store at 16 th and Walnut streets, in the heart of the city, around 6pm. He blocked an aisle with a cross he was carrying, police said, and refused to leave despite being asked by staff and police several times.

He was handcuffed and arrested, and hollered: I know my rights, freedom of religion, according to witnesses.

Court documents show that Grant was charged with defiant trespassing and disorderly conduct, and he was released after an arraignment early Tuesday.

He speedily tweeted: I AM FREE !!!! IM FREE AT LAST !!

BLESS UP, he added.

Grant claimed that police persecuted him for his religious beliefs and rephrased a Bible poem If the world dislikes you, keep in mind that it disliked me first in another tweet: HATERS GON HATE.

phillyjesus (@ phillyjesus) May 3, 2016

i AM FREE! NOTHiN’ CAN STOP ME !! HATERS GON HATE-JOHN 15:18 –i know my rights..I was persecuted for my religion yesterday in the apple store

Grant is a recovering addict and is well known around central Philadelphia, where for more than two years he has preached, and occasionally rapped, from sidewalks. The 29 -year-old also performs fountain baptisms and documents his encounters around the city on Instagram. He has also draw criticism for his anti-gay posts on social media.

He was arrested in 2014 at Love Park for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. At the time he said he was misunderstand and not imploring or interrupting the peace, though he said he does accept tips-off. Charges were eventually dropped.

This country was built on freedom of religion, and I can go into a public place and be garmented as whoever I want and express myself however I want, he told local station NBC1 0 of his Apple store arrest.

The same route an African American human being in the 1960 s would be singled out in a white-only store and was asked to leave, I, Philly Jesus, was singled out in the Apple store because of my visual religion I portray, he added.

He also claimed to frequent the Apple store to charge his telephone on their 15 minute-use limit computer open to the public.

He joked that he was served a cheese sandwich and water in prison, but I changed em into wine.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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