Man armed with knife caught in church

Country: Poland

Date of incident: May 13, 2024

On Monday, May 13, a 40-year-old man entered a church in Czaplinek with a knife while a First Communion service for children was taking place. The adult worshippers overpowered the man and called the police. The latter detained him for disrupting the service. According to witnesses, the man was dressed all in black, held a long kitchen knife and was walking towards the priest.

According to news reports, the 40-year-old was not aggressive at the time of his arrest and was intoxicated. The test showed that he had more than 1.5 per mille of alcohol in his body. The detainee has been placed in police custody. The motives of the man's actions are not yet known.

Salesian parish of St. The Holy Trinity in Czaplinek issued a statement. The clergy reported that, after consultation with the city's mayor, Catherine Szlońska-Getka, they had been ensured that the church will be under additional protection of the city guard. Children who witnessed the event are to receive psychological support.

Source:, Super Express