Man steals hearse during funeral

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WEST PARK, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Hallandale Beach man who
stole a hearse during a funeral says the man suffers from
schizophrenia.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that 18-year-old Johnny
Silfrain jumped into a black hearse parked outside a West Park
church Wednesday morning and drove off.

He was shot in the leg and eventually arrested when he drove back to the church.

It appears he took the vehicle to retrieve his Bible from home.

Family members say Silfrain had been agitated for days before
attending the funeral. Relatives say they called Hallandale Beach
police for help Tuesday night, but the officers said Silfrain
didn't pose an immediate danger.

Authorities have charged Silfrain with aggravated assault on a
law enforcement officer and grand theft auto.


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