Two young men in Kansas City, Kan., are facing charges in connection with the robberies of two metro clergymen, and this isn’t the first time they've been on the wrong side of the law.
“I`m so sorry. I really truly am. I hope you guys can forgive them and just pray for them,” Kenisha Barkers told FOX 4's Robert Townsend during an exclusive interview late Monday afternoon. "I couldn't believe that was my son in the standoff with police Friday. Detectives and officers came to my house and asked if I'd go with them to that scene. I did and convinced him and his cousin to surrender to police."
Kenisha Barkers is the mother of Ladarious Barkers. With tears streaming down her face, she says she`s facing a heart-tugging fact that her 19-year-old son is now charged with attacking a priest.
“I`m still shocked. My heart hurts. Like I say, the word of God says don`t touch my anointed and find them no harm. It`s just an act of Satan that`s all, but I am worried about them. They need help,” she said.
What`s more, Barkers says that last December her son Ladarious and his cousin, 20-year-old Marvin Moore, kicked in the front door of her home and then attacked her and her fiancé. She says her son was angry because she wouldn’t give him any money.
"My son gave Marvin the command to kick me and that's when I fell through the front door. Ladarious has a temper and always just blows up. He's been on a prescribed medication since he was 3 years old. I don't know if he had been taking his two medications," she said.
The KCK mom says her son and his cousin also beat up her fiancé when he tried to protect her. Now, Barkers says she cannot believe her son and his cousin are both accused of attacking a priest and a pastor.
She added that in September police arrested her son and took him to a hospital to be evaluated after he tried to attack her with a knife. She didn’t want charges filed against her son and nephew, but says her fiancé is pursuing domestic battery charges against both men.
"After he pulled that knife on me in September the police ant ATF guys were at my house. They arrested him, took him to the hospital to be evaluated. They also took that big, butcher knife. He was in the hospital for about a week and then he got out," Barkers said.
Ladarious Barkers and Moore are both in Wyandotte County detention, being held on $300,000 bonds related to the suspected attacks and robberies against the church leaders.