NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Newark bishop is recovering after being punched within the face throughout a disturbing assault that occurred in the midst of Mass over the weekend.
About one hundred parishioners have been inside Sacred Coronary heart Cathedral on Saturday afternoon for a Mass celebrating baseball participant Roberto Clemente, a hero within the neighborhood.
Video exhibits Bishop Manuel Cruz main prayers when a person wearing white with an identical hat meanders towards the altar and swings on the bishop, punching him within the mouth and knocking him to the bottom earlier than he’s tackled by police.
“It was a really surprising and horrific second,” stated parishioner Mark Bonamo, who remembers watching the person step out of a center pew, the place he had been sitting alone. “As a former alter boy lots of people thought, ‘Oh he could be a part of Mass,’ however I personally thought it was little odd out of the gate, then when he walked up and hit the person within the face, individuals have been shocked. Some individuals ducked, others screamed.”
Shocked parishioners helped the bishop as police subdued the suspect, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark says, “We definitely have been stunned and saddened by it, and are grateful that issues weren’t worse than they turned out to be.”
Bonamo says the weird assault has not deterred him from the cathedral, somewhat it’s bringing him nearer.
“I’m getting into proper now. I’m going to say a ‘Hail Mary’ for Bishop Cruz, he deserves it,” Bonamo stated.
The suspect, recognized as Charles Miller, has been charged with assault and is due in courtroom Monday.
Investigators are nonetheless making an attempt to find out the motive for the assault.
The archdiocese says Bishop Cruz doesn’t need to go on digital camera, however is doing OK. They are saying he obtained some stitches and even spoke to the group at Sunday morning Mass, telling them he believes this was an remoted incident.