January 15, 2016
Prominent Pastor Rex Major was gun butted and robbed in his home early Thursday morning by armed intruders who also attempted to sexually assault his daughter.
In an interview with The Tribune hours after he was released from the hospital, Pastor Major, 80, and his family recalled the alarming events that occurred after armed men smashed the glass of their French doors and ransacked their home before fleeing the area in a waiting vehicle.
Pastor Major, of Grace Community Church, was at home with his wife and daughter at the time. He said he fought off the armed men during the terrifying ordeal because he “would rather die than live with his wife or daughter being raped or hurt” by anyone.
The break-in took place at the Majors’ Twynam Heights home around 3.30am Thursday. His wife, 81-year-old Doreen Major, told how she fought off one attacker who she feared was about to assault her adult daughter, Jewel. She said she felt at peace during the incident because she knew the Lord was with her.
“Between 3.30am and 4am I heard my daughter call out for her daddy, she said ‘Someone is in the house’. Well immediately he got up but by that time he met four persons coming into the house with guns,” Mrs. Major said. “One man stayed outside to look out. The three men proceeded into our bedroom – my daughter was in there she went to get the telephone to call the police.
“They snatched the phone out of her hand and threw it on the bed and it looked like they were going to rape her, so I pounded on one guy and said ‘No, don’t do that’ and I shielded my daughter and she started praying out loud and calling on the Lord. So they left her alone.
“They went in the drawers searching and they were screaming, ‘Where is the money?’ My husband said ‘I am a pastor, we don’t have any money’ and they continued to search the house and my husband followed them asking them what they wanted and they gun butted him in the head.
“He fell on the bed and he got up again and the man pointed the gun at him and my daughter shouted ‘Daddy leave them alone.’ They snatched the television off the wall, they took the iPads, wallets, all the cell phones and a portable DVD (player). All the electronics they took. We all sat on the bed while they searched the house and after about 15 minutes they left.”
Pastor Major said he does not believe he was personally targeted but thinks that he was robbed because “persons assume pastors have money.” Despite having to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance after being gun butted, Pastor Rex said he “would never surrender to anyone” inside his home.
“I have a principle, you will not tell me what do in my house. This is my house. This is my position, you are not going to touch Jewel or Doreen unless the bullet comes through me first, no way my friend,” he said.
“You are going to have to kill me. You will have a murder on your hands before a rape. I cannot sit there and know I protected my life and my wife and daughter are not protected. If you threaten me and my family, you will have to fight me, I will not obey your rules.”
This is the second time the Majors have been robbed in two months. Late last year, Pastor Major said thieves stole CD players and batteries out of their vehicles. Early last year his sister-in-law, who lives next door, had the glass doors at her home smashed and was robbed by armed men, one of whom held a knife to her throat during the home invasion.
The well-known pastor said he believes the crime problem is “out of the control” because “society keeps making excuses for criminals.”
He said: “The police can’t be everywhere, there are limitations. To me there are a combination of factors feeding what we are now experiencing. We don’t believe people are evil anymore, we make excuses for people doing wrong. We say they are from the ghetto or they don’t have a ‘pa’ and so we excuse them and we forget that this is a choice.
“They have a choice whether to be good or evil. For many years crime has been beyond what should be tolerated and our response to it has not been good.“
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.
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