Man arrested after making death threats to Saint Joseph Catholic Church

A man was arrested for harassing the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Palm Bay, Florida.
A man was arrested for harassing the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Palm Bay, Florida.

PALM BAY, Florida – A man is behind bars after making death threats against Saint Joseph Catholic Church, located at 5318 Babcock Street in Palm Bay, and its employees, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

Edward Charles Stanyard, 56, was charged with Harassing Phone Calls, Obscene Phone Calls, and Violating a Protection Order.

The Saint Joseph Catholic Church employee told police that he has been continually harassed and threatened by Stanyard for almost two years. The problem has only escalated, and the hostile comments made to the church and employees have only progressed, according to the report.

The victim told police that he is in fear for himself and his family. He is worried that Stanyard will inflict bodily harm to his “special need” 15-year-old child who stays home while he’s at work, according to reports.

According to the victim, the phone calls happen all hours of the day and night, coming from different phone numbers but he can always recognize Stanyard’s voice.

The church has also received calls and asked the police to listen to a voice message that was left on their phone.

“Are you prepared for fu**ing death? Pay me my fu**ing money, bit**,” the voice message said, according to the affidavit.

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Stanyard believes that the church and employees have stolen his inheritance money. In the past, there have been multiple investigations by the Palm Bay Police Department, but they all have been determined to be unfounded.

Stanyard was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail. He is still being held on $25,000 bond.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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