Man arrested in nun attack

Arrested on March 12, 2010 for allegedly attacking a nun in New Jersey.

March 12, 2010 7:30:41 PM PST
52-year-old Calvin Battle was arrested for attacking a nun in New Jersey on Thursday. Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the Newark Archdiocese, said the 55-year-old nun was working in the convent of St. Lucy's Church around 11 a.m. when she heard a noise and saw a man wearing a dark overcoat.

The nuns are all from Nigeria, and reside at the convent. Police say 55-year-old Sister Obiama was there alone when the attack happened.

Goodness said the 52-year-old Calvin Battle punched and kicked her. She was taken to a local hospital.

A church sexton said Battle had come to the church earlier in the day asking for money and was turned away.

Sister Obiama was released from the hospital later Thursday with some bruises.

Battle who has nearly three dozen arrests and 12 felony convictions for robbery, burglary, and theft related offenses, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief.