BERGHOLZ, Ohio (AP) — The leader of an eastern Ohio Amish group with members accused of going into the home of another Amish man and cutting his hair and beard says it's a religious matter and police shouldn't be involved.
Sam Mullet says he didn't order the attack but didn't stop two of his sons and another man from carrying it out on a 74-year-old man in his Holmes County home last week.
The 66-year-old Mullet told The Associated Press on Monday the hair-cutting with scissors was intended to send a message that other Amish should be ashamed of themselves.
Mullet says other Amish are upset with him for excommunicating people from his community on the outskirts of Bergholz (BER'-guhls).
The three men are being held in Jefferson County jail on Holmes County warrants charging them with kidnapping and burglary.