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Colorado Pastor Arrested For Kidnapping And Robbery Of Gay Man: VIDEO

Michael Abromovich

A pastor for Set Free Ministries of Colorado Springs is likely looking at a future of proselytizing to inmates in federal prison after being arrested and charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and impersonating a peace officer.

Pastor Michael Abromovich set up a post on Craigslist as "Mike", advertising for gay sex at a local motel. When one man answered the ad and arrived at Abromovich's room, Abromovich slammed the man against the wall and handcuffed him, claiming to be a U.S. Marshall all the while holding him at gunpoint with what eventually turned out to be a paintball gun. Abromovich then searched the man and took his iPad, iPhone, cash, debit card, and car keys as "evidence" that would be "sent back to the lab."

Abromovich was eventually stopped in Phoenix for a traffic violation. When he flashed a badge to the officers, they became suspicious and investigated further, discovering that Abromovich was wanted in Colorado Springs. He has since been extradited to Colorado Springs and investigations continue into whether there were more victims.

It is suspected that some motivation for Abromovich's bizarre criminal behavior may be due in part to the sudden stress of a new baby in the family combined with being diagnosed with cancer last fall.

You can see a video of the news report AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Yes, having a baby that was diagnosed with cancer usually leads to people assaulting, battering and impersonating a police officer. Happens all the time.

    And he's a "pastor?" Right.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 29, 2014 10:27:12 AM

  2. Colorado Springs is a real viper pit.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 29, 2014 10:56:09 AM

  3. "It is suspected that some motivation for Abromovich's bizarre criminal behavior may be due in part to the sudden stress of a new baby in the family combined with being diagnosed with cancer last fall."

    Your intentions are in the right place, but when you use language like this you give tacit validation to the fact that personal hardships justify the actions. Frankly, i don't care how hard life is, you don't get to use it as an excuse, or reason, to act out in this way.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 29, 2014 10:56:42 AM

  4. Jack M, I think you read the sentence wrong. This man that is the focus of this article was diagnosed with cancer in addition to the newborn baby in his family. Not that any of that excuses what he's done. What kind of pastor engages in blatantly criminal activity like that. He's obviously disturbed and having some kind of mental breakdown.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 29, 2014 11:09:33 AM

  5. Dude has a facebook account

    Posted by: Harley | Jan 29, 2014 11:12:32 AM

  6. He has a very interesting looking group of friends.
    You are free to interpret interesting however you like.

    Posted by: JmasTR | Jan 29, 2014 11:22:57 AM

  7. Who doesn't kidnap, assault and rob someone they meet on a craigslist gay sex ad when they have the mean reds? Gosh, give the guy a break. Plus the other dude was gay. He totally had it coming.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jan 29, 2014 11:31:23 AM

  8. JMASTR: Please elaborate on "interesting." Tattoos? People that don't look like you? Just curious.

    Posted by: Ernest1960 | Jan 29, 2014 11:44:49 AM

  9. Is it really called "extradited" if it's within the same country?

    Posted by: Bernard | Jan 29, 2014 11:47:51 AM

  10. Derek, I seriously hope you jest.

    Posted by: WOLF | Jan 29, 2014 12:16:13 PM

  11. Please please please tell me that this Pastor specialised in 'ex-gay reparative therapy/counselling'.

    That would just make my day.
    Or that he had a baby and was a committee member of the Tony Perkins Marriage Circus.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 29, 2014 12:34:45 PM

  12. @WOLF: rest assured, DEREK is being sarcastic.

    Posted by: DavidR | Jan 29, 2014 12:42:35 PM

  13. Yes, extradited is the correct term.

    This story sounds incomplete. The motive is nonsensical.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 29, 2014 1:02:40 PM

  14. Colorado Springs? That figures. The Russian-sounding name isn't much of a surprise either.

    Posted by: dh | Jan 29, 2014 2:36:06 PM

  15. So glad that I don't live in that freak-ville city anymore. Although Phoenix isn't much of an improvement.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jan 29, 2014 3:26:00 PM

  16. how about a little reporting here on exactly what makes this dude a pastor -
    what are his credentials
    did he get one of those box top mail order things - seems likely
    a shame that legit pastors - folks who went to divinity school for example are lumped together with schmucks like this who probably would have a hard time spelling the word bible

    Posted by: j | Jan 29, 2014 3:46:26 PM

  17. What kind of pastor has tattoos all up on his neck? Forget this pastor for a moment and spare a thought for the type of people that would be in his congregation. Is this some comedy skit?

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jan 29, 2014 4:53:41 PM

  18. LOL @ "Forget this pastor for a moment and spare a thought for the type of people that would be in his congregation"

    Probably "The Hills Have Eyes" types of folks. LOL

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 29, 2014 5:12:14 PM

  19. .....cancer + new baby = "I had to set up a sting to beat and rob gay men"?

    that's a new one.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 29, 2014 5:19:24 PM

  20. Is he the pastor of the Church of Satan?!

    Posted by: jarago | Jan 29, 2014 5:26:36 PM

  21. And maybe he's inspired by the Rusian so-called "Occupy Pedo & Gentro" groups...

    Posted by: hotsoup | Jan 29, 2014 8:30:46 PM

  22. @ JARAGO
    Please do not disparage the Church of Satan. You obviously hardly know a thing about them to make such a comment. Try reading part II, The Book of Lucifer, from the Satanic Bible. Your comment is misplaced.

    Posted by: disagree | Jan 29, 2014 8:47:04 PM

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