Man accused of attacking a priest held on bond - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Man accused of attacking a priest held on bond

Johnchez Phillips appeared in court Friday. (Source: WOIO) Johnchez Phillips appeared in court Friday. (Source: WOIO)
Johnchez "Chez" Phillips (Source: U.S. Marshals) Johnchez "Chez" Phillips (Source: U.S. Marshals)
Police say a priest was pistol-whipped in one of several Little Italy robberies (Source: WOIO) Police say a priest was pistol-whipped in one of several Little Italy robberies (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A 20-year-old man accused of pistol-whipping a priest in Little Italy appeared in court on aggravated robbery charges. 

Johnchez Phillips pleaded not guilty and is being held on $100,000 bond. 

The U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Phillips Tuesday for the December attacks and robberies in the Little Italy area. 

Police say on Dec. 5, 2015, Phillips and two others robbed a priest at gunpoint near East 120th Street and Mayfield Road.

A 61-year-old priest told police he was leaving church and heading to his car in the parking lot when he was approached by three men who tried to rob him and pistol-whipped him.

Another man in the parking lot yelled for help. Police say the suspects approached that man and went through his pockets, but he was not assaulted.

The priest suffered minor facial and hand injuries and refused medical attention.

Help from the community let to the arrest of Phillips, in the area of East 147th St. and Harvard Ave. 

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