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Priest attacked in Little Italy Friday afternoon, parish members say

Posted at 10:19 PM, Nov 12, 2021

BALTIMORE — A priest in Little Italy was attacked Friday afternoon according to parish members and those who live in Little Italy.

They say Father Bernie parked his car at Stiles Street at the corner of Exeter Street near St. Leo's Church when he was approached by two people who demanded his wallet.

When he refused, they say he was pistol whipped and fell hitting his head on the sidewalk.

The parish members say that while Father Bernie was on the ground, another person went through his pockets, taking his cell phone, car keys and wallet before driving off.

We have reached out to police and they said that they were called to the 200 block of South Exeter Stree at a little before 4 p.m.

They arrived to find Father Bernie and noticed a laceration on his head. Medics treated him on the scene.

He told officers that he was getting out of his vehicle when the suspect approached him and said “give me your wallet”. The suspect then hit him with the gun and searched for valuables.

After that, the suspect fled the scene in a newer model sedan.