(Wilmington, DE 19808) Today (July 30) at 2:00p.m., New Castle County Police Patrol units were called to a church in the unit block of Videre Drive in the community of  Skyline Ridge.  The units were dispatched to a report of an assault that had occurred inside of the church.   When the units arrived a white male subject was observed skating away on a skateboard.   Witnesses directed the incoming units towards the subject and after a brief struggle the white male was apprehended and detained.

The officers then learned from the church employees that the white male was inside of the church and could be heard arguing with one of the pastors inside of the pastor’s office.  After the argument, they heard what sounded like a struggle and when they came in they saw the pastor was lying on the floor.  While the pastor was on the floor the white male subject was punching and kicking him about the stomach and the face numerous times.

The church employees attempted to break up the fight but the white male subject pushed them aside and went into another room, grabbed a bottle of wine, returned and poured it all over the injured pastor.    According to the witnesses, the white male subject then struck the pastor in the head with the bottle and then grabbed a can of compressed air and sprayed it into the pastor’s mouth.

The church employees were then able to lure the white male out of the church by telling him that they would give him a ride and money.   Once he was outside, they then locked the front door locking him outside.  The white male then struck the door multiple times trying to get back in. He did break the main doors of the church however, he was not able to get into the locked church office.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was listed as in stable condition.

The white male was also transported to a local hospital and is being treated for minor injuries.

-Updates to follow-