Police arrest man who assaulted a church pastor

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This photo was taken just before the pastor was beaten outside church. Hartford police have identified this suspect.

HARTFORD — Police arrested a man who assaulted and robbed a church pastor last weekend.

Raheem Rankine, 20 of East Hartford assaulted Pastor Luis Borges during a craigslist transaction for a $400 iPhone.

Police said Borges met Rankine and another suspect outside the First Assembly of God Church on New Park Avenue to make the exchange around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.  The pastor along with his son and 20 year daughter were attending a baby shower at the church at the time.

The pastor returned to the church, and as both parties exchanged the items, Police said  Rankine took the money and iPhone, and a second man in a black sweatshirt ran up and punched Borges in the head, knocking him to the ground. Both ran off with the money and the phone and ran into a Chrysler Sebring, according to Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

Rankine is charged with assault and robbery and is being held on $75,000 bond.

Police are still searching for the second suspect.