Catholic Priest Robbed At Gunpoint In Confessional

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In Rocky River, Ohio two weeks ago (June 11), a priest, while in a confessional, was attacked at gunpoint by an unknown suspect, and police are looking for leads to try and identify the gunman.

The suspect was identified as a white male, pale skin, long brown hair and interestingly enough, a tattoo of a cross on his forearm.

A man requested a confession with a priest. During the confession, the man pulled out a small pistol and attacked the priest, according to report. The priest reported the assault.

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.

A statement from the Cleveland Diocese encourages parishes to be on alert and to ensure churchgoers and priests in area churches, and confessionals in particular, are safe.

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