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Pastor attack suspect faces judge

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Raheem Rankine was arrested on Saturday. Raheem Rankine was arrested on Saturday.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Social media is being credited with helping led to the arrest of a man accused of beating and robbing a pastor during a Craigslist sale.

Police said 20-year-old Raheem Rankine was arrested in East Hartford over the weekend and faced a judge on Monday.

His arrest brought some comfort to the family of Pastor Luis Borges, according to his children.

As Luis Borges continues to recover from the attack, his family is thanking the community for their support.

"Thank you to all the people out there that's praying for him," said Peter Borges, Luis Borges' son.

Rankine was arrested on Saturday. Investigators said it was a photo taken by Borges' daughter that led to the arrest.

"It makes me content that he was smart enough for that," Peter Borges said.

A week earlier, police said two men met Luis Borges outside of the First Assembly of God church on New Park Avenue to sell him an iPhone. The pastor was buying the phone for his son.

They said the suspects sucker-punched Luis Borges, causing him to fall and slam his head on the pavement.

During the incident, Rankine wearing a gray sweatshirt with the word "fly" on it. He was wearing the same sweatshirt in his Facebook profile picture.

Peter Borges said as of Sunday, his father was unaware of the arrest.

"If my dad could comprehend it better he would feel better too," he said.

Luis Borges' family said the man who drove the getaway vehicle is also a suspect and remains on the loose.

Rankine was charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Monday.

“Being an extremely serious nature in this matter and the strength of this case against the defendant. The court will set bond at $600,000,” the judge said during the arraignment.

Since then, Luis Borges has been in and out of the hospital after his family says he developed a blood clot in his brain.  But, they have hope he will be in church next Sunday.

Peter Borges said his father and their family have been touched by all of the prayers and well-wishes from his congregation and the Hartford community. They hope he can return to his church on Sunday.

"I feel better," he said.

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