Suspect is arrested in attack on nun at Newark church

| March 14, 2010

NEWARK — A 52-year-old city man has been arrested and charged with attacking and robbing a nun in Newark's Central Ward, police said.

Calvin Battle was arrested at his home today and faces aggravated assault, burglary and theft charges in connection with the Thursday afternoon attack that at the convent of St. Lucy's Parish that left Sister Obiama hospitalized, said city police spokesman Detective Todd McClendon.

Obiama was released from a local hospital yesterday, but declined to speak about her ordeal and was recovering at her convent, said Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the Newark Archdiocese.

Newark Police and a state parole officer met with Battle at his Broad Street residence and interviewed him about the assault this afternoon, according to McClendon. Battle was taken to the Department's 2nd Precinct, where he was positively identified as the man in a surveillance video of the attack.

The attack occurred at 11 a.m. Thursday when Battle allegedly barged into the nunnery and punched and kicked the nun before fleeing with a laptop, Goodness said. The nun was left with a large knot on the side of her head and was treated at a nearby hospital.

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