WATCH ABOVE: Security cameras inside the church captured the shocking assault on a 72-year-old woman.
**WARNING**: Video may be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is strongly advised.
TORONTO – Police are on the hunt for one further suspect after the brazen robbery of a 72-year-old woman inside an Omaha, Nebraska, church was caught on security cameras.
The incident occurred around 11 a.m. Sunday at the Saint Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, roughly half an hour before a morning service.
In the video a woman, who media and police have chosen not to identify, is seen looking at a brochure in the Cathederal’s front foyer when she is blindsided by two men.
The first man grabs the woman’s purse and makes a run for the door, while the second delivers a punch to her temple that sends her tumbling into a nearby table and then onto the ground.
According to local media, the tumble into the table caused a gash on the head of the elderly victim.
“Of course it’s shocking because we haven’t had anything like that here, at least not in 10 years,” Reverend Michael F. Gutgsell, Pastor at Saint Cecilia, told WOWT 6 News in Omaha.
And so obviously we prayed for her the next two masses, and the parishioners are now concerned. ‘Is it safe? Should I be in the church?’ And we tried to assure them this is a safe place and it was something completely out of the blue.”
Omaha Police tell Global News that they have reason to believe one of the suspects seen in the video is 23-year-old Wayman Clark, who is known to members of the Omaha Police Department Gang Unit.
“Omaha Crime Stoppers received several tips regarding this incident, including several tips that also indicated that Wayman Clark was the possible suspect,” Omaha Police said in a press release.
According to Officer Michael Pecha of the Omaha Police department, Clarkw as taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.
The incident has drawn outrage inside the Omaha community as many wonder why the two men chose to target an elderly woman in a place of worship.
Anyone with information on the two suspects is urged to call 402-444-STOP.