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Woman who reportedly threatened to blow up Clairemont church Easter Sunday pleads not guilty

Posted at 1:16 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 20:49:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The woman who police say walked into a church in Clairemont Easter Sunday and made threats while holding a gun and a baby pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Anna Conkey, 31, is facing nine felony and misdemeanor charges, including assault with a firearm and child cruelty.

Police said Conkey brought an unloaded gun into the Tsidkenu Church, making threats to blow up the church while waving the gun around.

"The female walked up on stage and made threats that she was going to blow up the church while waving the handgun," SDPD officials said in a news release.

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"She was saying craziness about the rapture not being real and everyone going to hell," one witness recalled.

Church-goers were able to disarm Conkey before police arrived and took her into custody.

Police then used bomb-sniffing dogs to sweep the area where services were being held as well as Conkey’s car. No explosives were found.

Prosecutors said Conkey called 911 before the incident to report herself.

Conkey is being held on $1 million bail and faces more than 23 years in prison if convicted.

Conkey is scheduled to appear in court again May 3.