Police: Homeless Man Punches Priest at Church After Told He Can't Pee on Tree

The priest suffered contusions to his face and right knee and fractured bones in his right elbow, police said.

Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
By Bay City News Service:
A transient suspected of assaulting a priest at a church in Burlingame was arrested on Wednesday morning, a police sergeant said. 

Shortly after 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, a priest at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church located at 1310 Bayswater Ave. saw the transient preparing to urinate on a tree on church property and asked him to leave, Sgt. Don Shepley said. 

The transient, later identified as 43-year-old David Lewis, told the priest he was given permission to smoke on church grounds, Shepley said. 

The priest told him was not allowed to smoke and again asked him to leave, he said. 

Lewis then approached the priest, who retreated to church property where he lives. The priest grabbed a broom but Lewis allegedly punched him and knocked him to the ground, according to Shepley. 

The priest suffered contusions to his face and right knee and fractured bones in his right elbow, Shepley said. 

Later around 11:45 a.m., police found Lewis in the area of California Drive and Rhinette Avenue, where he was detained and positively identified as the suspect, Shepley said. 

Lewis was arrested on suspicion of assault resulting in great bodily injury. 
Brian Bowman June 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Did the priest offer to let him use the indoor facilities? What would Jebus do?
Jill Goldsberry July 06, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I am not sure Brian? Who is "Jebus"?
S.Giraud June 16, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Hope this lowlife gets a nice long prison turn. Punching a priest, show's you this idiots mentality. All he had to was go two blocks up to the public library.


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