Man charged after surveillance video shows U-Haul crash into Raytown church

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- A sword-wielding man led police on a pursuit early Thursday morning through the streets of Raytown and east Kansas City.

The chase ended at First Baptist Raytown after the driver crashed through the church's front doors.

Police say the driver had more than 20 weapons taped to his body, including numerous knives, a sword and a blow gun. Phillip Perkins was charged on Thursday afternoon with two counts of assault, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and property damage.

Phillip Perkins is charged with assault and endangering four children after allegedly displaying swords, crashing a U-Haul through a Raytown church.

Phillip Perkins is charged with assault and endangering four children after allegedly displaying swords, crashing a U-Haul through a Raytown church.

The pursuit started about 4:15 a.m., at a gas station near 65th and Raytown Road. A 911 caller reported a man with a sword making statements about believing in God while holding the sword against the necks of two people.

As police arrived, the sword-wielding man sped off in a U-Haul rental truck. Officers saw that there were children in the truck and used stop sticks to pursue it at slow speeds for more than 40 minutes.

Surveillance video shows the chase ending when the truck repeatedly crashed through the front doors of the First Baptist Church.

"It’s very disturbing," said Pastor Brandon Park of First Baptist Raytown. "However, the God that this guy is saying he believes in is not the God I worship nor is it the God of our Bible. It’s unfortunate that we see a lot of mentally deluded individuals that sometimes use a church as their primary target."

Following the crash, the man got out of the truck, but police say they had to zap the driver with a stun gun, because they could see he was carrying many weapons and police say he would not obey their orders. Police seized the sword and a host of other knives.

Police say a woman and four children, ranging in age from 3-to 8-years old, were traveling with the man and there's evidence they may have been living out of the truck. It doesn't appear that anyone was being held against their will.

Detectives are still trying to determine the relationship between the kids, woman and menacing man.