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Staten Island priest beaten and robbed by men who escaped in his car

"I have to go and say Mass – and have people see me this way."

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A Staten Island priest was assaulted and robbed of his car by two men who confronted him in a church parking lot before Mass.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, the 61-year-old priest, who did not give his name, was arriving at Port Richmond’s Church of St. Mary’s of the Assumption on Castleton Avenue when he was approached by two suspects, the New York Daily News reported.

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They punched him in the face, ABC7 stated, and one of the men revealed a gun. The suspects took the keys to the victim's champagne-colored Ford Fusion and drove away.

"I don't want any attention on this," the priest, who had a black eye after the attack, said to the Daily News. "I have to go and say Mass — and have people see me this way."

His car was found four blocks away near the corner of Alaska Street and Woodruff Lane, according to ABC7.

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"I wasn't shot," the priest told the Daily News. "I wasn't stabbed. The guy punched me. That was about it. I'm not in the hospital. I'm going to go and say Mass."

No arrests have been made in relation to the incident, ABC7 added.

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