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Police arrest man for robbery of Hartford pastor

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Raheem Rankine was arrested in connection with the robbery and assault of Pastor Luis Borges. (WFSB) Raheem Rankine was arrested in connection with the robbery and assault of Pastor Luis Borges. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man for the robbery of a pastor in Hartford. 

Raheem Rankine, of East Hartford, was arrested in connection with the robbery and assault of Pastor Luis Borges, of the first Assembly of God Church on New Park Avenue in Hartford. 

On Oct. 10, police said Borges, who is the pastor of the largely Brazilian congregation, answered a Craigslist ad to purchase a cell phone for $400 and met Rankine in the area of 106 New Park Ave. around 4:30 p.m.  

During the attempted transaction, police said one man stole the money from Borges while a second man ran up to him and punched him in the head.  

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 they wanted justice for their father.

"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," Keila Alexander, Borges' daughter, previously told Eyewitness News.

Police determined that Rankine was hiding out in a home on Belden Street in East Hartford on Saturday. After spotting Rankine through a window, the Hartford Police Shooting Task Force made the arrest. 

Additional arrests are expected in this case. 

Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said social media may have played a role in Rankine's arrest. 

"When you commit a craigslist Robbery and pose for a pic, it helps if you wear the same shirt on Facebook," Foley tweeted. 

Rankine was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

Police said Rankine will be arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Monday. 

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