Suspect stabs priest, parish worker repeatedly at church


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 16 at 1:36 PM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are investigating a double stabbing at a South Phoenix church Thursday morning.

Police said the victims are a priest identified as Tim Conlon and a parish worker identified as Annie Conway. Conlon, 61, is a member of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers Catholic Religious Order.

According to Phoenix police Officer Luis Samudio, Conway, 66,  was opening a gate to the Sacred Heart Parish near 12th Street and Buckeye Road when a suspect approached and stabbed her multiple times.

Samudio said Conlon tried to help Conway and the suspect also stabbed him multiple times.

Witnesses noticed what was occurring and followed the suspect to a nearby restaurant where he was detained until police officers arrived and took him into custody. He has been identified as Carlos Miguel Manriquez, 50.

One victim was stabbed in the stomach and chest. The other was stabbed in the arm. They were transported to a local hospital and are listed in stable condition.

"Our deep concern and prayers are with the parish worker and our confrere Father Tim Conlon," said the Rev. Tom Carkhuff with the Crosier Fathers and Brothers Province in a news release. "This is very sad news when these people or anyone becomes a victim of any violence. Be assured that we also pray for the person who attacked the parish worker and Father Conlon."

The Crosiers issued a news release Friday saying Conlon and Conway are both in good condition and are recovering well in a Phoenix hospital.

Initial reports were that Manriquez was a transient, but Samudio could not confirm that. Police say the suspect was known to the church staff and was reportedly demanding his baptismal records at the time of the stabbings.

Manriquez faces two counts of aggravated assault.