A hospital chaplain has been stabbed after telling a man
attempting to rob him "you can't take God's money".
New Plymouth Police Sergeant Royston Betteridge said the
attack occurred about 8.40am this morning at Taranaki Base
"At about 8.40am this morning the chaplain was in his office
in the hospital chapel.
"He was approached by a male [who] entered the office and
demanded the offerings from the collection boxes and during
that he was held onto by the offending male who was holding a
Stanley or craft knife of some sort," Mr Betteridge said.
The chaplain suffered a couple of minor nicks to his face in
the ordeal and also to his arm as he attempted to shield
himself from the offender.
The man also used another blunt weapon he carrying to attack
the chaplain, Mr Betteridge said.
"He was demanding the money and the chaplain said there was
nothing there to take and 'you can't take God's money'."
"He's left with nothing basically."
The chaplain was being treated at the hospital for minor
injuries and shock.
His attacker was described as Caucasian in his mid-20's,
wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
The attacker also had a distinctive sun or star-shaped tattoo
near his left eye, Mr Betteridge said.
"We're looking for any sightings of any males in the left
town hospital area that match that description."
It was unknown if the offender was visiting anyone at the
hospital when he attacked the chaplain.