Mt. Pleasant minister arrested for hospital assault
Buford Leslie Albritton, pastor of New Life Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Mt. Pleasant
MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. – A Mt. Pleasant minister faces assault charges after an incident at a Maury County hospital in August.
Buford Leslie Albritton, pastor of New Life Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Mt. Pleasant, was arrested Wednesday.
"I'm one in the community who tries to do good for people and not hurt people and this shows me in the opposite light," Albritton told News 2 during an interview Friday.
Police said the 52-year-old Columbia man assaulted two people August 12 at Maury Regional Medical Center, an ER nurse and a security guard.
Albritton admitted he is battling health and financial problems, while also grieving the loss of a close relative, but said he is not a criminal.
"I was just standing there, cleaning my finger nails with my pocket knife as I always do, and this lady came up," he said. "I never threatened that lady."
Albritton said he didn't do anything wrong, but the police reports obtained by News 2 told a different story.
According to the reports, the nurse claimed the minister pulled out the pocket knife, opened it and said, "If you touch me, someone will get hurt."
The nurse called for help and that's when Albritton said he did something he shouldn't have done while heavily medicated.
"I don't mind telling you, there was a fight that took place, but it wasn't between me and a nurse. It was between me and the security guard," said Albritton. "I knocked him into the middle of next week. I don't mind telling you, and I apologize to him."
Albritton said this is not how he wants people to see him and if he could take it all back, he would.
"Well, I'm sorry, I'm truly sorry. I wish to God it never happened," said Albritton.
Albritton was released from police custody after posting $6,000 bond.
He is charged with simple assault and aggravated assault.