PHOENIX – Police have identified a man accused of stabbing a priest and church worker outside a Phoenix church Thursday morning.
Carlos Miguel Manriquez, 50, will be booked into the Maricopa County Jail on two charges of aggravated assault, according to Phoenix police spokesman Luis Samudio.
Samudio said the stabbing occurred near 12th Street and Buckeye Road around 8:30 a.m.
Samudio said the 66-year-old woman was unlocking gates at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church when the suspect approached and stabbed her.
The 61-year-old Catholic priest went to help the woman and he was also stabbed, according to Samudio.
Samudio said Manriquez began stabbing the victims while demanding his baptismal records.
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.
"This is God's house," said Patrica Villa, one of many parishoners who gathered at the church. "This stuff shouldn't happen."
Ignacio Rodriguez, a member of diocese, identified the victims as Fr. Timothy Conlon and Annie Conway.
Rodriguez said Conlon was stabbed in the back and in the leg requiring surgery.
Conway, the Parish Life Coordinator, was reportedly stabbed in the arm.
Conway's daughter is a nurse at Maricopa County Medical Center where the two are being treated. She was on duty when her mother called her to tell her what happened.
"It is one of the worst things you could ever go through as a caregiver to have a family member show up at the hospital," she said. "She is strong, this won't hold her back."
Both victims were alert and talking after the stabbing, according to Rodriguez.
At last report, both were in serious but stable condition.
Category: Church Security