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Arrest Made In Stabbing Death Of Beloved Harlem Minister

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Police arrested a man Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of a Harlem minister who was found Monday in his apartment on Fifth Avenue.

According to investigators, 44-year-old David Jordan has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of 68-year-old Rev. Philip Melvin Mann.

Mann was found lying on the floor of his eighth-floor apartment Monday afternoon after having been stabbed in the chest. Mann was the pastor of the Blessed Trinity Baptist Church on West 129th Street for more than 20 years.

An NYPD official says Jordan made statements implicating himself in Mann's homicide while being questioned about the minister's murder at a local police precinct.

A church trustee tells NY1 the minister was last seen giving a ride to a man after leaving church on Sunday. The man was from a halfway house, but it is not clear if it was Jordan.

"It's very shocking. I just honored him this past December," said former City Councilman Bill Perkins, who lives in the same building as Mann.

The minister, who was with the church since it was founded in 1979, was a beloved and active member of the community.

"He helped a lot of people that was incarcerated,” said an area resident. “He helped people move into apartments and have furniture and clothes and things. And he helped people get their places and their lives together."

"It's, like, hard to believe,” added another. “We just seen him Saturday 'cause he had his little garage sale, you know, for the clothes for people."

"He gave me work when I needed work in the church, you know, picking up furniture,” said neighbor Spence Trower. “Anytime I needed anything he looked out for me. I was in jail a couple times and he wrote me. The members wrote me. He looked out for me. He was a good man."

"He tried to help everyone,” said church trustee Henry Simpson. “He would give you anything. As a father, he would sit and counsel with you. If you were troubled, you had access to him and it's just devastating. Right now, we're all in a state of shock."

Police say they have not recovered a weapon, but they are reviewing surveillance tapes from the apartment building.
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