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PHOTO: Police looking for robbery suspect who maced a priest in Center City

The 65-year-old Episcopalian priest was attacked near 12th and Walnut streets around 3:30 p.m. yesterday, investigators said.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed and maced a priest in Center City yesterday afternoon.

Investigators said the 65-year-old Episcopalian priest was standing on Walnut Street near 12th Street waiting for the Route 42 bus when around 3:30 p.m., an unknown man sprayed him with some type of chemical.

The man pulled a money clip containing $125 from the priest's left pocket, tearing his pants, before fleeing east on Walnut Street, police said. He was caught on camera entering SEPTA's Broad Street Line subway at the Walnut Street station.

The priest was treated and released at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The hunt is now on for the suspect, who is described as a black male with a thick, bushy mustache last seen wearing dark-colored clothing and a dark knit cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, contact the Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477), texting PPD TIP (773847), emailing tips@phillypolice.com, or filling out this online form.

 
 
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