Flashy Brooklyn Bishop Lamor Whitehead said Monday he thinks even the NYPD believes he staged the armed robbery in which he had more than $1 million in jewelry swiped during a live-streamed sermon.
Whitehead made the claim at a press conference after another live-streamed incident Sunday in which he got into a tussle with a woman who apparently crashed his service.
“I believe that the NYPD do not feel I was robbed,’’ said Whitehead — who wore a huge gold and diamond chain, ruby ring, Fendi emblazoned sweater and Fendi shoes as he rolled up to the presser outside Brooklyn’s 69th Precinct in a white Rolls Royce convertible with an orange interior.
“I believe they feel that I set this whole robbery up,’’ he said. “And I’ve heard this from the NYPD, and I’m not going to say any names.
“What’s going around in the NYPD is, ‘Bishop Whitehead set this robbery up. They staged it.’
“So now, why would they respect me and my church if they feel that I’m a criminal?’’ he said, raging against being taken into custody over Sunday’s dust-up involving the woman.
“I’m a black man, so automatically I’m a criminal, right?’’ said Whitehead, who was released and not charged in Sunday’s incident, while the woman faces raps including trespassing.
“So going through the NYPD — and it’s verified — they believe that I set [the robbery] up. So until they see, I guess, these criminals, that when they get caught and they see that they are arrested and I have nothing to do with it, then I want my apology, because the NYPD and the media have set up a platform to believe that I’m not a victim. I’m a villain because I’m African American.”
Whitehead, who served time in prison for identity theft and grand larceny, was robbed during a live-streamed service in July — with the crooks making off with more than an estimated $1 million in jewelry in the caught-on-camera caper, police and the bishop said at the time.
Critics have said his lavish lifestyle has made him a prime target for trouble, while some people have questioned whether the robbery was even real. The bishop has denied having anything to do with the crime.