Skip to main content

Charges: Man threatened to 'murder' pastor, his family and congregation

The suspect says he's a rapper who did it for entertainment and marketing value.

A man who's accused of threatening a pastor and his congregation said he's a rapper who did it for "entertainment and marketing value."

Adam Bailey, 34, was charged with stalking and terroristic threats, both felonies, in connection to emails prosecutors say he sent the pastor of Holy Christian Church in St. Paul, about wanting to hurt and kill the pastor, his family, and members of the congregation.

According to the criminal complaint:

The pastor, identified as WF in the criminal complaint, contacted police on Tuesday about "disturbing" and "racist" emails he'd been getting from Bailey, who is a former member of the church, but was told to stop coming because of "inappropriate behavior towards female congregants."

WF kept copies of the email, which are detailed in the criminal complaint. In them, Bailey describes wanting to hurt and "murder" WF, rape WF's daughter, and beat and "murder" members of the congregation.

WF had filed a harassment restraining order in Ramsey County on Feb. 7, but officials weren't able to track down Bailey to serve him a copy of it prior to the WF calling police on April 11.

Bailey was arrested, and when being interviewed by investigators he said he was a rapper and sent the emails for "entertainment and marketing value," adding he was building his ministry. Bailey said he has 50,000 followers and is very well known.

Investigators noted throughout the interview, Bailey "talked in circles and was difficult to understand."

If Bailey is convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine for the stalking charge and five years and/or $10,000 for the terroristic threats charge.

Next Up

4303450641_ec7536c6ea_k

Three new Grandstand shows added for Minnesota State Fair 2022

The Beach Boys and Portugal. The Man are among several acts booked.

St. Louis County

St. Louis County set to declare state of emergency ahead of peak flood levels

Volunteers are urgently needed for sandbagging efforts in a small community near Voyageurs National Park.

Screen Shot 2022-05-16 at 5.03.30 PM

Brothers Bar & Grill closes in downtown Minneapolis

The Midwest chain closed its St. Cloud location in 2018.

Ken Jeong

Licensed physician Ken Jeong to do standup in MN this September

The licensed physician will take the stage at Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Sept. 30.

Osseo Police Department

Osseo PD says officer did not pursue suspect who caused fatal crash

The crash happened in Brooklyn Park early Sunday morning.

221 Main Street. E. Albert Lea

Suspect arrested after 3 family members stabbed in Albert Lea

The three victims are related, according to police.

wastewater

Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota

The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.

driving unsplash - crop

Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle

Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.

police lights

Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building

Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.

Related

4 people charged in robbery, repeated rape of 2 women

Authorities say three of the four suspects are known gang members.

Teen charged with murder in deaths of man, 7-month-old boy

He told police he had a dispute with the man, so he shot him.

Teacher charged with sexually assaulting a student, sending nudes to another

He's taught in the Burnsville district since August 2013.

Assistant principal accused of using social media to talk to kids now faces child porn charges

Charges say he posed as a young teen named Brett Larson to talk to middle school kids.

Charges: Man kidnapped teen, carved 'snitch' into his chest

The victim was tied up in a chair for "a long period of time."

Charges: Minnesota man texted about sex with girl he thought was 13

He randomly friended her on Facebook and then they started texting, charges say.