• Armed woman interrupts east Orange County church service, deputies say

    By: Ashley Edlund , Michael Lopardi

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - An armed woman caused a scare after showing up at an east Orange County church on June 16, according to an arrest report.

    Ilena Munizpou, 33, is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm, jail records show. 

    According to an arrest report, Munizpou went inside the Redeemed By God Church at 6509 Hazeltine National Drive around 2:30 p.m. and said she wanted to “record something that was going to happen” before going back to car outside. 

    A service was in session when Munizpou entered the church, according to the arrest report. 

    A witness followed Munizpou out of the church and confronted her at her car, the arrest report states, which is when Munizpou told the witness there was someone inside the church she wanted to kill. 

    Munizpou later told Channel 9 that while she did have a gun with her, she claims she never said anything about killing someone inside the church.

    "I say my name is Ileana, I have a gun, and I am trying to become a state trooper, because they told me since I'm in the process, I have to identify myself," Munizpou said.

    Witnesses then began to struggle with Munizpou, who said she was armed and planned to use her gun, according to the report. 

    "She came and attacked me first so I have the right to defend me," Munizpou said.

    When a deputy arrived to the church, Munizpou resisted arrest and “said she was a cop,” the report states. 

    Munizpou told Channel 9 she lost her job as a result of the arrest.

    Florida Highway Patrol officials said that Munizpou did apply to become an auxiliary trooper, but didn't pass the physical fitness test. 

     

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