FBI Arrests Suspected Beard Cutters

    FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet, father of two of the three men arrested for allegedly going into the home of other Amish and cutting their hair and beards, is seen outside his home in Bergholz, Ohio.  Leaders within the Amish community faced a soul-searching question after hair-cutting attacks against several followers of their faith. Should they cooperate with authorities or follow the deeply held belief of forgiveness toward one another? In the end, they decided the only way to stop the attacks was to seek help from the outside. ( AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

    Amy Sancetta

    An Amish sect’s beard-cutting spree may be at an end. FBI and local police raided an Amish compound in Ohio early this morning, arresting seven suspects, including the sect’s leader, Sam Mullet, and his three sons. Police say the sect assaulted several men and women in recent months and forcefully cut their beards and hair, a serious insult for the Amish. They are being charged with hate crimes.

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