Monday, January 30, 2017

Attack caught on video of Newark Bishop

Video shows man punching Newark bishop during Mass

Thomas Moriarty | NJ Advance Media for By Thomas Moriarty | NJ Advance Media for The Star-Ledger 

on January 30, 2017 
NEWARK -- Prosecutors on Monday moved for pre-trial detention of a man allegedly caught on camera punching an auxiliary bishop in the mouth Saturday during a Mass at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, court records show.
CharlesEMiller.jpgCharles E. Miller. (Essex County Correctional Facility)  
Charles E. Miller, 48, is charged with aggravated assault in connection with the attack on the Rev. Manuel A. Cruz, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark.
Video of Saturday's attack, obtained by TapIntoNewark and published Sunday, allegedly depicts Miller, followed closely by a security guard, approaching the front of the church and striking Cruz, who falls backwards.
The motion to keep Miller detained is a result of the recently enacted state Bail Reform and Speed Trial Act, under which a judge can order a defendant held without bail if they believe the defendant poses a risk to the community or is unlikely to keep his next court date.
Court records show Miller previously was charged in December 2012 with threatening a law enforcement officer while resisting arrest, an indictable offense that was later downgraded to a disorderly persons offense.
The circumstances of Miller's 2012 arrest were not immediately available Monday.
Miller remains in the Essex County Correctional Facility Monday afternoon. A date and time for his detention hearing had not yet been set, according to court records.
Cruz, who was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-serious injuries, addressed a congregation Sunday to assure them of his fair health, according to a spokesperson for the archdiocese.
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