Myron and Arlene Miller were lying in bed about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday when their 15-year-old daughter woke them to say a pickup truck and trailer had just pulled into their driveway.

Four to six men got out of the truck and knocked on the door, asking for her father, the bishop for the Mechanicstown Amish church.

When Myron Miller walked to the door, a man grabbed him by his long, traditional beard – the sign that an Amish man is married, according to scripture – and forced him out the front door.

Miller was surrounded by the other men, who used scissors to cut out a chunk of his beard. They were unable to get more, the 45-year-old Miller said, because he struggled so hard. In mid-tussle, the leader of the group ordered everyone to flee.