Man arrested in connection to threat against church in Vidor

Published 3:53 pm Monday, December 31, 2018

PRESS RELEASE — On Sunday, December 30, 2018 at approximately 4:00 pm, the Vidor Police Department received information from the Seguin Police Department, Texas in reference to a threat against First Baptist Church in Vidor. The Vidor Police Department immediately contacted the Pastor and advised him of the situation. We have been working closely with the Seguin Police Department, FBI, Texas Rangers and ATF in reference to this threat.

Mr. Tony Albert was taken into custody in Sequin, Texas in reference to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and possession of Marijuana. During his apprehension he advised officers that “he was on his way to church to fulfill a prophecy”. He is currently incarcerated in the Guadalupe County Correction with a bond of $200,000. According to family, Mr. Albert has a history of mental illness. There does not appear to be any other individuals involved at this time.

 This is an on-going investigation as we continue to gather facts.

First Baptist Church of Vidor issued the following press release:

First Baptist Church Vidor was contacted by law enforcement on Sunday evening December 30, 2018, about the events leading to the arrest of Tony Albert by Seguin Police. Church leadership is unaware of any motivation prompting Mr. Albert’s actions. Currently the church is cooperating fully with law enforcement agencies in this investigation.

First Baptist Church Vidor continues to make the safety and well-being of those in attendance at worship services a priority. The church has a security plan in place. It currently utilizes off duty law enforcement officers for security purposes.

The church will continue to follow the direction of government authorities in this important matter and has no further comments regarding this situation due to the on-going investigation. We continue to pray for Mr. Albert’s well- being.