Authorities Seek Information on Suspects Involved in Wat Amphawan Incident in Barfield

Jan 23, 2024 at 12:00 pm by WGNS

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Rutherford County, TN - The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating an unsettling incident that occurred at the Wat Amphawan of America Buddhist temple on Barfield Crescent Road. According to Detective David Ashburn, six suspects unlawfully entered the living quarters of the temple on a Saturday, leaving local authorities seeking crucial information from the community. *Scroll Down for VIDEO.

The suspects, who reportedly ransacked a room within the temple, were confronted by a woman residing at the Wat Amphawan. Detective Ashburn provided details, stating that the suspects subsequently departed in a four-door SUV, believed to be a Volvo. The potential driver is described as a woman with a dark complexion, and the license plate of the vehicle may be tinted.


The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is urging the public to come forward with any information about the suspects or the distinctive SUV. Detective David Ashburn can be reached at 615-904-3022, and individuals are encouraged to leave a message with pertinent details.

While authorities have not officially designated the incident as a hate crime, it is essential to highlight the significance of a Buddhist temple within the context of Buddhism. A Buddhist temple, often referred to as a "Wat," serves as a sacred space for worship and meditation for followers of Buddhism. The term "Wat" originates from Sanskrit, meaning an enclosure. Traditional Buddhist temples are designed with the purpose of inspiring both inner and outer peace.


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As the investigation unfolds, the community is encouraged to assist law enforcement in gathering information to ensure a thorough understanding of the incident and its implications. The sanctity of places of worship is of utmost importance, and any breach is a matter of concern for the community at large. 


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