A well-known church pastor was knocked unconscious while apparently conducting a transaction that began on the internet in Hartford on Saturday afternoon.
Police are trying to track down a man wanted for assaulting Pastor Luis Borges, of the first Assembly of God Church on New Park Avenue in Hartford.
Borges, who is the pastor of the largely Brazilian congregation, answered a Craigslist ad to purchase a cell phone for $400.
Police said the 54-year-old Borges met the suspect in the area of 106 New Park Ave. around 4:30 p.m. The suspect stole the money from Borges while a second man ran up to him and punched him in the head.
Borges was knocked to the ground as the suspects ran away with the money and phone into a Chrysler Sebring, according to Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley. Borges was "knocked unconscious” and was rushed to Hartford Hospital with a "minor injury," Foley said.
Two of Borges' children were witnesses to the attack and said the robbers must be brought to justice.
"He was laying down right here so I picked him up and I was on my knees and his head was in my lap and I was just screaming," said Keila Alexander, Borges' daughter.
Alexander watched helplessly as two med robbed and sucker-punched her dad outside of the church he pastors in Hartford north end.
"It was so heartbreaking, I didn't know what to think, I didn't know what to do," Alexander said.
"He went to the bank to get the money. When he came back they attacked him,” Joel Silveira, who is a church member, said. “They got the money and his cell phone."
No arrests have made in the assault.
"That's why the Church is here so we can reach that type of folks,” Rev. Henry Brown with Mothers United against Violence, said. “But evidently those people that did that don't want to be reached and it’s sad that we're living in times like this."
Hartford police are talking to several eyewitnesses who saw the attack.
The Hartford Police Department allows people a “safe point for social media transactions" including Craigslist, Foley said. Hartford is one of the only police departments to offer this service.
"This is my fault that this happened. he just wanted to get something for me because I asked for it," said Peter Borges, Luis' son.
Luis was unconscious for ten minutes. He's still at Hartford Hospital, where he is no longer in the ICU, but his injuries are still scary.
"He's under a lot of medication, he had blood in his brain, so he's not that well," Alexander said.
Alexander said her father took a picture of one of the suspects, which she shared with police.
Police describe one suspect as a black man in his twenties who stands about 5 foot 6 and was wearing a gray sweatshirt with the word "FLY" on it. The other suspect is described as a black man who weighs about 150 pounds and was wearing a black sweatshirt, black sweatpants and black sneakers.
This change came after 39-year-old father Felix Dejesus was murdered trying to sell two T-Mobile tablets in Hartford in 2013.
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