A southern Manitoba pastor, who has had a warrant for his arrest for several months, is in police custody Monday evening.
Tobias Tissen pastors the Church of God Restoration congregation outside of Steinbach. Police issued the warrant for his arrest in late May, but he has eluded arrest for some time, telling media outlets he only wanted to be arrested in church and in front of others.
On Monday evening, Tissen was arrested during a traffic stop in Steinbach, Man., according to his own Twitter account.
The warrants stemmed from the breaking of public health orders earlier this year, issued by the Winnipeg Police Service, for attending and organizing public protests in the city that violated health orders.
Video of @TissenTobias getting arrested in Steinbach, Manitoba earlier tonight under the direction of "Christian" Police Chief Harold Laninga of the Steinbach @rcmpmb. What a disgrace. #standwithGod pic.twitter.com/j0Jd5fs28i— Pastor Henry Hildebrandt (@aylmerpastor) October 19, 2021
Video of the arrest posted to Twitter by Pastor Henry Hildebrandt, a friend and supporter of Tissen's, shows Tissen being placed in handcuffs and into a police cruiser. Tissen appears to be with his mother and a brother, whom he tells police are moving to Austria in the morning.
An update on Tissen's Twitter account says that he will remain in police custody Monday evening and appear before a magistrate in the morning.
8:40 PM, Update: Tobias will be kept in custody overnight, and is scheduled to appear before a magistrate tomorrow, where he will most likely be asked to sign conditions to obtain his release.— Tobias Tissen (@TissenTobias) October 19, 2021
RCMP Manitoba is not available for comment until Tuesday morning.
This is a developing story. More details to come.