Man accused of stabbing priest, woman was after baptism record

| April 17, 2010

Court records revealed further details Friday involving the man who is accused of stabbing two people on Thursday at a Catholic church in Phoenix.

Carlos Miguel Manriquez, 50, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stabbing a church employee and a Catholic priest at Sacred Heart Church, near 12th Street and Buckeye Road. Records showed that he could face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $500,000 bond.

Just after 8 a.m. Thursday, Manriquez apparently went to the church to retrieve his baptism records. Manriquez claimed that the church was holding them, but they were never found during previous search attempts, according to the court records.

After parish coordinator Annie Conway, 66, said she could not find them, he pulled a knife out of a grocery bag and attacked her. She was initially stabbed in her lower arm then later in her chest and stomach, according to the court records.

Father Tim Conlon, a 61-year-old parish priest, was standing next to Conway and tried to help her by intervening.

"The priest pushed him away and fell on top of her to protect her from being stabbed," said Darlene Rodriquez, daughter of Conway.

Conlon was stabbed in the back and in his leg, while trying to protect Conway.

Witnesses who heard screaming came to help, which is when Manriquez fled the scene south down 12th Street.

A couple of witnesses followed the man to Carolina's Mexican Food restaurant. Those witnesses and others in the restaurant surrounded Manriquez until he surrendered, the records described. They were able to detain him until police arrived.

The court records showed that Manriquez suffered a cut to his left front shoulder area and on his left eye. The records also showed that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but that he was believed to be "mentally disturbed."

The woman and the priest were in stable condition Friday at the Maricopa Medical Center.

Rodriquez, who expects her mother to be released within the week, said she feels very grateful for all those who saved her mother.

"It could have been worse, but I thank God it turned out that she's going to be OK," she said.

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