Police Identify, Charge Man Accused Of Beating Pike Creek Pastor

Joshua August

 

Joshua August

The New Castle County Police have identified 25-year old Joshua August as the subject who allegedly assaulted the pastor at Resurrection Church yesterday July 30, 2018.

Last night, Joshua August was transported from a local hospital to New Castle County Police Headquarters. There he was arrested and charged with felony Assault 1st, misdemeanor Assault 3rd, misdemeanor Resisting Arrest, and misdemeanor Criminal Mischief.

Joshua August was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and is currently being held in lieu of $52,250 secured bail.

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Pike Creek – This afternoon, July 30, 2018, at 2:00, New Castle County Police Patrol units were called to a church in the unit block of Videre Drive in the community of Skyline Ridge. The units were dispatched to a report of an assault that had occurred inside of the church. When the units arrived a white male subject was observed skating away on a skateboard. Witnesses directed the incoming units towards the subject and after a brief struggle the man was apprehended and detained, according to police.

Officials said the officers then learned from the church employees that the man was inside of the church and could be heard arguing with one of the pastors inside of the pastor’s office. After the argument, they heard what sounded like a struggle and when they came in they saw the pastor was lying on the floor. While the pastor was on the floor the man was punching and kicking him about the stomach and the face numerous times, according to police.

The church employees attempted to break up the fight but the man pushed them aside and went into another room, grabbed a bottle of wine, returned and poured it all over the injured pastor. According to the witnesses, the man subject then struck the pastor in the head with the bottle and then grabbed a can of compressed air and sprayed it into the pastor’s mouth.

The church employees were then able to lure the man out of the church by telling him that they would give him a ride and money. Once he was outside, they then locked the front door locking him outside. He then struck the door multiple times trying to get back in, according to police. He did break the main doors of the church however, he was not able to get into the locked church office.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was listed as in stable condition.

The man was also transported to a local hospital and is being treated for minor injuries.

Police did not say if charges are pending.

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