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Cleveland Area Priest Attacked at Gunpoint in Confessional

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 06/25/16


A Rocky River priest was attacked at gunpoint during confession, police said. Rocky River detectives are investigating the incident. The attack happened in the late afternoon hours of June 11 at the St. Christopher parish on Detroit Road. A man requested a confession with a priest. During the confession, the man pulled out a small pistol and attacked the priest, according to police. The priest reported the assault to police. Officers searched the area but couldn’t find the attacker. The priest was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and released. He is recovering at home, police said. Police didn’t say if the gun was fired during the attack. Rocky River police released a composite sketch of the attacker and this description: “The suspect is described as a white male, likely in his late 20s, with pale skin and jet black, shoulder length hair parted in the center; the color was described as unnatural and likely dyed. He was wearing black “skinny” jeans, black canvas shoes with white trim, and a silver hoop pierced through his nostril. He had a tattoo on the inside of his left forearm of a cross that flared at each end.”

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