MOULTRIE — An attack of a Moultrie businessman Wednesday night has caused a church to bring in security measures.

The Rev. Hugh Ward, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, said he spoke with Moultrie Police Chief Frank Lang Thursday following the Wednesday night attack. Tom Holman reported a black male struck him in the head with an unknown object, causing an inch-long gash on his forehead as he was leaving the church about 8:05 p.m. Wednesday. Nothing was stolen from him, however. The church is located at 501 First St. SE. downtown.

Because of the incident, Ward said the church will hire an off-duty police officer to patrol the area during church activities. The church will also secure its doors once everyone is inside, and it will change its pre-kindergarten and other daily activities.

“From the time the first car arrives until the last person leaves,” Ward said, “we’ll have it locked down and secure.”

In the incident Wednesday, Holman told officers a group of four black males walked past him, and one of them said something he did not understand. When he responded by asking “what?,” the black male hit him in the head.

In the 21 years he has been at the Presbyterian church, Ward said there has never been an incident like the one that took place Wednesday. He does remember someone being accosted following a pre-kindergarten graduation at the First Methodist Church several years ago, however.

An incident like this affects people in other ways besides being fearful of another incident, Ward said. It can lower a person’s trust of the area and make them feel more cautious. He hopes the added security of a uniformed police officer will help ease those feelings.

No arrests had been made in the incident as of Thursday afternoon.

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