Upon handing the seller $400 for the cell phone that he intended to purchase, one of two black males punched the pastor in the head, leaving him unconscious.
The two black males made off with the $400 and kept the cell phone.
The pastor's daughter snapped a photo of one of the suspects. Police say the alleged perpetrator is in custody.
The crime was committed in Hartford, Conn. and was reported Oct. 20, 2015. The deal was arranged on Facebook.
Luis Borges, 54, is the pastor of the First Assembly of God Church, a Pentecostal Portuguese-speaking church.
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A pastor of a Hartford church was knocked unconscious on New Park Avenue while attempting to purchase a cell phone through Craigslist Saturday.
Luis Borges, 54, lead pastor of the First Assembly of God Church, a Pentecostal Portuguese-speaking church, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Hartford Hospital.
According to a deacon from the church, Borges went to a nearby ATM then met two men outside the church to buy a cell phone he had agreed to buy on Craigslist for $400. He agreed to meet the sellers in a public place, on the sidewalk, to make the exchange.
One man took the money and the second ran up and punched Borges in the head, knocking him to the ground. Both ran off with the money and the phone.
Borges’ daughter took this photo just before her father was beaten outside church. Hartford police have identified this suspect.
Borges was laying on the ground disoriented when police arrived.
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