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Catholic Priest Assaulted, Doused in Wine at Delaware Church

Catholic Priest Assaulted, Doused in Wine at Delaware Church
This photo provided by the New Castle County Police shows Joshua August. Police in Delaware charged August who they said assaulted an elderly Catholic priest, dousing him in wine and hitting him on the head with the wine bottle on July 30. (New Castle County Police/AP)

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:42 AM EDT

Police say an elderly Catholic priest was assaulted, doused in wine and then hit on the head with the wine bottle inside a Delaware church.

News outlets report that New Castle County police say Resurrection Parish employees found a man punching and kicking Rev. William Graney in his office Monday. The man pushed others aside and sprayed a can of compressed air into the priest's mouth after attacking him with the bottle.

Employees lured him outside promising a ride and money, then locked him out. He eventually fled on a skateboard, but was arrested after a struggle and hospitalized. Police identified the alleged attacker as 25-year-old Joshua August.

Police say Graney was hospitalized in stable condition. Catholic Diocese of Wilmington spokesman Robert Krebs says a staffer suffered minor injuries.

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Police say an elderly Catholic priest was assaulted, doused in wine and then hit on the head with the wine bottle inside a Delaware church.
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