The son of American evangelist Benny Hinn, Joshua Hinn was arrested in Brazil after allegedly beating up a deaf and dumb man during one of his father’s rallies.
Hestephenson Araujo, 21, reportedly needed hospital treatment after the incident on Saturday night during a religious crusade in Manaus, northern Brazil.
Mr Araujo, was carrying a bottle of water, that he wanted blessed by the famous evangelist. He believes that Benny Hinn could heal him. Upon approaching the trailers where hinn and others were, he said he was “snatched, taken away and beaten.”
Tactical squad officers burst into the trailer after concerned members of the public reported hearing screams coming from the trailer.
Police detained Joshua Hinn, 21, along with two of Benny Hinn’s bodyguards, on suspicion of torture.
Mr Araujo was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he received medical treatment and was later released. Manaus’ Civil Police confirmed the three men, all Americans, were arrested and taken to the city’s 3rd Integrated Police Department for questioning.
The men reportedly claimed they didn’t know that Mr Araujo was deaf and dumb and wanted to know why he had approached Benny Hinn during his sermon.
According to police, Mr Araujo’s father, a sign language translator, entered into an agreement with Benny Hinn’s representatives to not press charges against the men.