Pastor Assaulted in Windsor Locks Church

A pastor was assaulted Tuesday inside his church in Windsor Locks, police said.

"This young gentleman came in and introduced himself. I hadn’t seen him for 20 years or so or more and he looked like he was in great stress," said Earl Imswiler, pastor of Living Waters Fellowship Church.

Imswiler said he sat down to counsel that man when he decided they should pray together.

"So I bowed my head and closed my eyes and he jumped across the aisle here and landed a right hook. And I went down the aisle here on my knees," said Imswiler.

The 75-year-old pastor said he tried to run out the door.

"And I said, 'I’m getting out of here' and he said, 'no you're not.' And I said, 'yeah I am,'" said Imswiler.

That’s when he said he got away from the man and hopped in his car to ask police for help. He was then taken to the hospital to get stitches on his mouth. Now, police say they have a search warrant out for that man, who’s name has not being released.

Imswiler has a message for that man:

"It’s okay. It was scary and I forgive you so please get help," said Imswiler.

If you have any information call Windsor Locks Police at 860-627-1461.

Police have a search warrant for the person who hurt him.

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