SAN DIEGO — A 31-year-old woman who allegedly walked into church service in Clairemont on Easter Sunday with a baby in her arms and made violent threats while armed with a gun may have been suffering from religious delusions.
Churchgoers were able to wrestle control of the weapon from the woman and no one was hurt, officials said.
Dispatchers received a call at 12:02 p.m. Sunday from a person reporting the armed woman at the Mt. Everest Academy on Mt. Everest Boulevard north of Balboa Avenue, according to San Diego police.
Easter Sunday services were being held at the school by Tsidkenu Church, a non-denominational church that leases the space, Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said.
The woman, later identified as Anna Conkey, walked onto stage during the service and “made threats that she was going to blow up the church” while waving a handgun around, Takeuchi said.
Before police arrived, churchgoers were able to disarm the woman, Takeuchi said, adding that officers arrived a short time later and took Conkey into custody without incident.
Officers located the gun at the scene and determined that it wasn’t loaded.
Police used bomb-sniffing dogs to conduct a sweep of the area where the church services were being held as well as Conkey’s car because of her threats, the lieutenant said. No explosives were found.
Conkey had a 10-month-old baby with her during the incident and officers later located her 5-year-old daughter, Takeuchi said, adding that both children were found to be healthy and unhurt.
He did not disclose where the 5-year-old was found.
Neighbors told FOX 5 Conkey was a warm woman who routinely greeted them and was often seen playing outside her home with her young children.
Conkey had a YouTube channel under the name ‘HeavenlyFrequency.’ She was a graduate of San Diego State University and a former Navy sailor. She also worked for at least two San Diego television stations in the past several years, according to social media posts from people who worked with her.
“Both children have been taken into protective custody and will be evaluated by Child Welfare Services,” Takeuchi said Sunday.
Conkey was booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility on suspicion of child cruelty, making a false bomb report, robbery, having a firearm at a school, disturbing a religious meeting, resisting an officer and two counts of assault with a firearm, according to jail records.
She was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.