MILLERSBURG, Ohio - A Holmes County municipal judge on Wednesday arraigned five Amish men on charges of kidnapping and aggravated burglary after police said they attacked an Amish man and chopped off his beard.
According to a Holmes County court employee, the judge arraigned three Amish men who waived extradition Tuesday in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court: Daniel Mullet, 37, Johnny Mullet, 38, and Levi Miller, 53, all of Bergholz. Two other men also were arraigned: Lester S. Mullet, 26, of Hammondsville and Eli Miller, 32.
The men are being held on $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 19 in Holmes County.
LEVI MILLER, JOHNNY MULLET & LESTER MULLET
According to police, the five men were part of a group of Amish men returning from a horse auction Oct. 4 when they told their driver to pull up to a Holmes County house. The Amish men burst into the home and cut the hair off men and women inside and cut the beards off the men, said Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly. He said the victims included a 13-year-old girl and a 74-year-old man.
The men also are believed to have taken part in other beard and hair cutting actions.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla believes the Mullets' father, Sam Mullet, ordered the attacks that have taken place in Jefferson, Holmes, Carroll and Trumbull counties.
Beards and hair carry spiritual significance in the faith. Amish men typically grow beards as adults and stop trimming them when they marry, and the beards - and women's long hair - are held in high esteem.
Sam Mullet said in an interview with the Associated Press that the beard cutting was a religious statement made in response to how other Amish communities in the region are treating his Bergholz congregation. Sam Mullet would neither confirm nor deny he ordered the attacks.