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Police: Philadelphia priest Maced, robbed while waiting for bus

Courtesy Philadelphia Police Department

Philadelphia Police released this photo of a suspect they believe robbed a priest on Wednesday afternoon.

Police in Philadelphia say a priest was sprayed with a chemical and robbed while waiting for a bus.

The Episcopalian priest was waiting for a public bus at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when an unknown male approached. The attacker "sprayed him with some type of chemical spray" believed to be Mace, Philadelphia police officials said. It happened at 11th and Walnut Street in Philadelphia's Center City, according to NBCPhiladelphia.com.

Authorities say the attacker then reached into the 65-year-old priest's pants pocket, pulled out his money clip and robbed him of $125. 

After the attack, police say the suspect fled eastbound on Walnut Street. He was wearing all dark-colored clothing and a dark knit cap sleeve.


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The priest was transported to a hospital, where he was treated and released. His name was not released.

Philadelphia police are asking anyone with information about this crime or suspect to contact the city's Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093.

NBCPhiladelphia.com's Lauren DiSanto contributed to this report.

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