The assault was brutal — and it all happened in a church, according to police.
A man began arguing with a pastor at Resurrection Parish church outside of Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday afternoon, and eventually the squabble escalated into a physical fight, according to New Castle County police.
By the time church employees checked on the pastor in his office, they found him lying on the floor as a man punched and kicked him in the stomach and face repeatedly, police said.
Workers did their best to stop the fight, but the attacker pushed past them and left the room, witnesses told police. And when he came back, he brought a bottle of wine with him from another room — and poured it on the pastor, police said. Next he hit the pastor in the head with the bottle, and then got his hands on a bottle of compressed air, which he squirted into the pastor’s mouth, according to police.
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That’s when church employees started working together to lure the attacker out of the church. They told him they would give him cash and a ride if he would leave, police said.
It worked: Once the man was outside, the church employees locked the door to keep him out for good, police said. Despite his best efforts to get back in (he hit the door multiple times) the ruse worked.
Nevertheless, his attacks on the outside of the church broke its main doors, police said.
Officers arrived at the church around 2 p.m. and noticed a man skateboarding away. The workers at the church told officers the skateboarder was the assailant, and so officers arrested him following a brief struggle, police said.
The attacker’s name has not been released. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The pastor was hospitalized as well, and is in stable condition, police said.
Another church worker sustained minor injuries during the scuffle, Wilmington Diocese spokesman Robert Krebs said, according to the Delaware News Journal.
Once the hospital releases the suspect, he will be arrested and arraigned, the News Journal reports.