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Parishioner charged with stabbing man at church door

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 19, 2016

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A 21-year-old Center Line man reportedly took a kitchen knife to church with the intent to enter during services and stabbed a volunteer who intervened just after noon Jan. 17.

Police received a 911 call at 12:08 p.m. of a stabbing at Christ the King Syriac Church at 2300 John R Road.

According to reports, Brian Boulus arrived at the church with a small kitchen knife and approached the church door during services.
Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that parishioners at the church originate from Iraq and Syria.

A man at the door, acting as a church security volunteer, saw that Boulus had a knife and told him to put the knife back in his car before he could enter the church, police said.

Lehman said Boulus was a disgruntled parishioner who had been a member of the church for two years.

Boulus reportedly pulled the knife, stabbed the security volunteer and fled the scene. Multiple witnesses saw the incident, which occurred outside the church, according to reports.

The victim was transported to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, for a small cut to the abdomen, which police described as an injury that was not life threatening.

Police arrested Boulus at his home in Center Line without incident.

Boulus was arraigned on assault with intent to commit murder in 52-4 District Court Jan. 19. Bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety. He appeared in court without an attorney.