Three Ohio men arrested in Amish attack
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Ohio authorities have charged three men with cutting off an Amish man's beard in Holmes County--an act degrading to the Amish--and promise more arrests in that case and three others, all said to involve members of group of former Amish who have split from the main sect.
Two of the three men arrested are sons of the breakaway group's leader, Sam Mullet, 66, who heads the sect that lives in a compound in a valley near the Ohio River in Bergholz, Jefferson County.
Arrested early today in Jefferson County were Mr. Mullet's sons Johnny, 38, and Lester, 26, and a third man, Levi Miller, 53. All three suspects are members of the Bergholz group of about 16 families, said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, in whose jurisdiction the sect resides in a compound with houses, barns, outbuildings and a schoolhouse.
They are charged with kidnapping and burglary in an attack Tuesday in Holmes County. In that case, the victim, who is 74, was in bed with his wife, when six men broke into their home and held him in a chair. They then used scissors and some kind of clippers to remove the man's beard.
They are being held in jail on $250,000 bond pending extradition to Holmes County.
First Published October 8, 2011 4:20 pm