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Police: Man claimed 'guardian angel' told him to carry out knife assault at church

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Joshua Betke (Source: Vinelink) Joshua Betke (Source: Vinelink)
MARION, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A man was arrested after Marion police said he attacked two people with a knife at a church Wednesday evening.

Police said they were called to East Marion Baptist Church in reference to a possible stabbing around 6:45 p.m.

They arrived to find church members holding down 24-year-old Joshua Betke.

Police said they learned Betke, who was staying at an area men's shelter, had shown up at the church during the evening service and asked to speak with a church member by name.

A church security member accompanies Betke and the other man outside, where police said Betke pulled out a large, serrated kitchen knife and began trying to stab the man in the chest.

The security member was also cut with the knife but was able to draw his concealed firearm and order Betke to drop his weapon. 

Police said Betke at one point claimed that his "guardian angel" prompted him to carry out the attack.

Both men suffered only minor cuts.

Betke was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon, and disorderly conduct.

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