PD: Priest, woman seriously hurt in Phoenix church stabbing

| April 15, 2010

PHOENIX – Two people are in serious condition after being stabbed outside a Phoenix church on Thursday morning.

Luis Samudio with the Phoenix Police Department said the stabbing occurred in the area of 12th Street and Buckeye around 8:30 a.m.

A woman was reportedly unlocking gates at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church when someone approached and stabbed her.

A priest went to help the woman and he was also stabbed, according to Samudio.

The suspect then allegedly walked down the street to a nearby restaurant with the knife in hand.

Witnesses followed him until police arrived and took him into custody.

Samudio said the suspect is known to the church members, but his identity has not been released.

Ignacio Rodriguez, a member of diocese, identified the victims as Father Timothy Conlon and Annie Conway.

Rodriguez said Conlon was stabbed in the back and in the leg and is going into surgery.

Conway, the Parish Life Coordinator, was reportedly stabbed in the arm.

Both victims were alert and talking after the stabbing, according to Rodriguez.

They were transported to Valley hospitals in serious condition.



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