Suspected mentally ill man allegedly steals hearse containing casket during funeral

LOS ANGELES, Calif.  (KTLA) — A man who was suspected of being mentally ill allegedly stole a hearse that contained a casket during a funeral in South Park Saturday morning, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.

Police responded to reports of a hearse being stolen from the Ebenezer Baptist Church, located at 4901 Avalon Blvd., around 11 a.m., according to LAPD Sgt. Fillippo.

Witnesses said an older man climbed into the unoccupied hearse and drove off.

The vehicle’s motor was running before he entered it.

Multiple funeral attendees then followed the hearse, managed to get the man to pull over, and a verbal and physical confrontation ensued.

No one was believed to be injured during the incident, Fillippo said.

The man was taken into custody and expected to be charged with auto theft. His mental condition was also being evaluated.

The hearse and coffin were returned to…

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