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08-18-2015, 03:08 PM

Thieves punch 76-year-old woman inside Omaha church
UPDATED 4:25 PM CDT Aug 18, 2015



OMAHA, Neb. —An Omaha church is asking for help identifying two people who attacked and robbed a 76-year-old woman right in the church’s entryway.

The attack happened Sunday at St. Cecilia Cathedral, and was caught on surveillance video.

The church posted the video on its Facebook page.


The video shows the victim standing in the vestibule, just feet away from the north entrance to the church.

The post on the church's Facebook page says the woman was standing at a table reading a copy of the parish newsletter when the two men walked in, and one of them snatched her purse.

The post describes what happens next:

“The second, for no explainable reason, hit the woman squarely on the side of her face, knocking her down where she hit her head against the side of the table,” he wrote.

The woman went to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.

The church closes the post asking anyone with information to come forward.

“And please share. Someone knows who they are,” they wrote.

08-19-2015, 03:18 PM

Suspect In Church Robbery, Assault Arrested
Updated: Wed 4:36 PM, Aug 19, 2015


OMAHA Police have arrested one of the two suspects believed to have robbed and assaulted a woman inside an Omaha church last Sunday.

A felony warrant for robbery was issued earlier Wednesday morning for 22-year-old Wayman Clark.


UPDATE: Suspect in St. Cecilia Cathedral attack under arrest, police say
UPDATED 4:42 PM CDT Aug 19, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. —Police arrested a suspect and his mother in the St. Cecilia Cathedral attack Wednesday.

Twenty-two-year-old Wayman Clark was taken into custody soon after the Omaha Police Department announced it had issued an arrest warrant for him. Later, OPD announced that Wayman Clark's mother, Charlean Clark, was arrested for accessory to a felony for harboring a fugitive. Both were arrested at the same time, as both were located in the same vehicle.

Police are still looking for the other suspect seen in surveillance video of the robbery and attack on 76-year-old Lucille Morinelli. The Des Moines woman was visiting the church Sunday.

OPD said it will release further details about Clark's arrest later Wednesday.

08-22-2015, 09:26 AM



Update: Second Suspect In Cathedral Robbery Arrested
Updated: Sat 9:10 AM, Aug 22, 2015


The missing suspect in a robbery and assault at St. Cecilia Cathedral has been identified as Larry Leggett, 20, and he is now in police custody, along with Wayman Clark.

Police say that shortly before 3:30 Friday afternoon officers with the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force located Leggett in the 4700 block of North 36th Avenue. They say he tried to run from the rear of a residence when officers announced themselves but the home was surrounded. He ran back inside. Police say Task Force members were then able to talk Leggett into surrendering. He was arrested without further incident and booked for robbery.

10-07-2016, 05:11 AM

Church mugger sentenced
Posted: Oct 06, 2016 2:18 PM PST
Updated: Oct 06, 2016 2:18 PM PST

A man convicted of a brutal mugging inside an Omaha, Nebraska church is headed to prison.

Wayman Clark has been sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison Wednesday and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine in connection with the 2015 incident.

Surveillance video inside St. Cecilia Cathedral showed a 76-year-old woman walk in to pick up a pamphlet when two men came up behind her. Larry Leggett grabbed her purse and Wayman Clark punched her in the head, knocking her to the floor and causing a gash when she hit a table as she fell.

In court Wednesday, Clark made a statement as well. " I made a mistake," said Clark. "I panicked at the time. I'm not that type of person. I'm mad at myself. I'm sorry."

11-03-2016, 05:18 AM

21-year-old sentenced to 6 to 8 years in prison for robbing woman at St. Cecilia

A 21-year-old man who pleaded no contest to robbing an elderly woman in an Omaha church was sentenced Wednesday to six to eight years in prison.

Larry Leggett admitted he stole the purse of Lucille Morinelli, now 77, as she stood in the vestibule of St. Cecilia Cathedral on Aug. 16, 2015. An overhead camera in the church captured the robbery.