'Street preachers' charged after church service interrupted: police
'Street preachers' Matthew Carapella and Steven Ravbar stand on a downtown corner in London, Ont. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (Bryan Bicknell / CTV London)
Published Monday, April 8, 2019 2:33PM EDT
Two London men, also known as street preachers, are facing charges after a church service was interrupted.
At about 11:20 a.m. Sunday, two men were inside a church on Elmwood Avenue, when they allegedly began yelling at female parishioners, disturbing the service.
The London Police Service was contacted, however the two men left prior to police arrival.
At about 7 p.m. Sunday night, the two men were located and arrested.
As a result of the investigation, Steven Ravbar, 50, and Matthew Anthony Carapella, 32, both of London, have been jointly charged with mischief relating to religious property.
Both accused are expected to appear in London court on May 27 in relation to the charges.
In March, Ravbar and Carapella were charged with five counts each of violating the city's public nuisance bylaw.
So far this year city hall has received over 75 complaints regarding the men.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.