A local felon previously convicted of stabbing someone was arrested on felony charges late Wednesday stemming from allegations he forcibly took a firearm from a local pastor inside a church sanctuary earlier this month.
Todd Jacob Menard, 29, who lists a Third Street address, was taken into custody shortly after 10 p.m. and charged with felony counts of robbery, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and theft of property and possession of a firearm by certain persons, each punishable by up to six years.
Menard remained in custody Thursday in lieu of a $35,000 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court. According to local court records, Menard was previously convicted on March 21 of second-degree battery for stabbing a stranger in the parking lot of Walmart in 2020 and sentenced to six years in prison, with all of it suspended.
According to the probable cause affidavit on Wednesday’s arrest, at around 9:45 p.m. on June 19 the pastor of Eastside Baptist Church, 101 Tennessee St., reports that he was inside the church’s sanctuary and was carrying a firearm in his right front pocket.
He said a known suspect, identified as Menard, had come to the church asking for help. The two men were standing in the sanctuary talking when Menard allegedly put one hand on the pastor’s handgun, pulling it and its holster out of the pastor’s pocket while pushing the pastor backward with his other hand.
Menard then took the gun and the soft clip-style holster and fled out the back door, the pastor said.
The handgun, valued at $300, was described as a black Bersa Thunder .380 caliber that was fully loaded. The holster was later located on the property along the direction Menard had fled.
The affidavit notes Menard was previously convicted in 2013 of a felony count of burglary in Parish County, La., in addition to the local battery conviction. Warrants were later issued for Menard’s arrest.
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