Surveillance video showed Sister Maria Amador who was in the vestibule of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights Wednesday afternoon, when a shirtless man approached her and threatened to kill her.
“I don’t believe in this because you don’t help the poor,” the man told her, according to police. When the nun didn’t respond, he said: “What did I say?”
Amador began to look toward a woman in another pew when the man said: “She can’t help you. I’m going to kill you,” according to NBC New York.
Then she ran away and screamed, “Help me! Help me! Help me!”
“I thought, ‘This is my last day,'” Amador told Inside Edition. “Thank God I am safe. And I could run away.”
After a followup operation, police have arrested 56-year-old Derrick Gadson of Brookly. He is now facing hate crime and drug charges.
Watch the surveillance footage shared by Vimeo here: