MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV) – A Maryland Heights man is in custody after he allegedly called a local pastor and threatened to burn down his St. Charles church before shooting him.
Derek Ficik, 26, was charged Tuesday with making a terroristic threat and making a terroristic threat with reckless disregard of causing a building evacuation.
According to police, Ficik called Pastor Marc Sikma of Matthais’ Lot Church on Sunday and left three threatening messages on his answering machine.
Police said during one of the message, Ficik told Sikma he would burn his church building down.
Police said Ficik, who claimed to practice witchcraft, also told Sikma he would look him directly in the eyes and tell him to pray to God before shooting him in the head.
”He further threatened to burn Christianity and all its followers and he would fill the seas with Christian blood,” according to a St. Charles Police probable cause statement.
According to police, all three messages contained graphic language and were sexually explicit and made specific threats.
The recorder of the church captured the phone number of the caller, which led police to Ficik, who had attended the church on Thursday as a guest of a regular attendee.
In addition to witchcraft, Ficik claimed he practiced astral projection. He said demons also told him to do things and he must obey. Ficik also told police evil and dark things fascinate him.
Police said the threats had Sikma considering canceling the church’s annual Christmas concert on Wednesday night because he feared those who attended would be in danger.
But with Ficik taken into custody, the show will proceed as scheduled.
While Sikma would not comment on the situation, he told News 4 he was only concerned with taking care of his church community.
Ficik is being held in the St. Charles County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond.