Man Charged in Attack on Newark Nun

By Hasani Gittens
|  Monday, Apr 5, 2010  |  Updated 10:36 PM EDT
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Man Charged in Attack on Newark Nun

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55-year-old Sister Obiama was working in the convent of St. Lucy's Church when she heard a noise and saw a man in the building. She was then attacked by the suspect.

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Police have caught up with the heartless thief who allegedly attacked a nun in New Jersey this week and stole a laptop computer.

Cops busted Calvin Battle, 52, Friday afternoon. He faces aggravated assault, burglary and theft charges in connection with the Thursday morning assault in the convent of St. Lucy's Parish.

Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the Newark Archdiocese, said 55-year-old Sister Obiama was working in the convent around 11 a.m. Thursday when she heard a noise and saw a man wearing a dark overcoat. The man then punched and kicked her before running off with a laptop.

"She was punched in the face a few times, knocked to the ground and then kicked in the face," said lifelong church member Joseph Scurese. He said Obiama was a "beautiful, religious, faithful nun."

Sister Obiama was released from the hospital, but is expected to be ok.

Police say surveillanced video identified Battle as the nun's attacker.

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