4 arrested in Ohio Amish attack

FILE - In this July 15, 2011 file photo, an Amish man rides on top of a hay wagon near Middlefield, Ohio. Jefferson County, Ohio Sheriff Fred Abdalla says men and sometimes women from a group of families disavowed by mainstream Amish have terrorized a half-dozen or more fellow Amish, cutting off their hair and beards. Abdalla said Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 that his deputies have been hampered by the reluctance of Amish to press charges.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this July 15, 2011 file photo, an Amish man rides on top of a hay wagon near Middlefield, Ohio. Jefferson County, Ohio Sheriff Fred Abdalla says men and sometimes women from a group of families disavowed by mainstream Amish have terrorized a half-dozen or more fellow Amish, cutting off their hair and beards. Abdalla said Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 that his deputies have been hampered by the reluctance of Amish to press charges. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Four Ohio men believed to be members of a breakaway Amish group have been arrested for allegedly going into the home of an Amish man and cutting his hair and beard with scissors.

It's common practice for married Amish men to have beards and the attack on the 74-year-old man in his Holmes County home Tuesday night was believed to be an attempt to degrade and insult him. Likewise, Amish women do not cut their hair based on biblical teaching.

A Jefferson County deputy said authorities Saturday arrested 38-year-old Johnny Mullet, 26-year-old Lester Mullet, 53-year-old Levi Miller, and Lester Miller. Lester Miller's age was not immediately available nor were the charges against him.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Mullets and Levi Miller were charged with kidnapping and burglary.