Holmes County: Two more arrests in Amish attacks

2:37 PM, Oct 12, 2011   |    comments
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WOOSTER -- Two more Amish men accused in beard-cutting attacks turned themselves in to the Holmes County Sheriff Wednesday morning.

Eli M. Miller, 32, and Daniel S. Mullet, 37, surrendered in connection with the recent attack on a fellow Amish man, a 74-year-old who had his beard cut during the incident. Both are charged with aggravated burglary and kidnapping.

Miller and Mullet each posted the $50,000 bond set by the court, and were released.

The arrests of Miller and Mullet bring to five the number of men in custody in connection with a string of beard and hair cutting attacks on Amish in four Eastern Ohio counties.

Three other men arrested in Jefferson County waived extradition to Holmes County on Tuesday.

The alleged victim of the Holmes County attack, Raymond Hershberger, 74, is a bishop of his Amish community.

He and his son were said to be held against the floor by the attackers who entered their home and used scissors and a battery-powered clipper to cut off their beards.

Sheriffs in several counties are trying to tie all six incidents to outcast Amish bishop Sam Mullet of Jefferson County. Mullet has admitted knowledge of the attacks, and did not disavow them, but told WKYC he did not order them.

Mullet leads a breakaway community of about 120 Amish who reside just outside the town of Bergholz, Ohio. Of the 18 families in the enclave, 17 are related to Mullet.


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