CNA Staff, Aug 25, 2020 / 09:37 am America/Denver (CNA).
The woman who yelled at a lector and punched her twice during Mass at the Philadelphia cathedral is not mentally fit to be prosecuted, a local journalist reported Monday.
Joe Holden, an anchor and reporter for CBS3 Philadelphia, tweeted Aug. 24 that police had apprehended the woman believed to have punched Sarah Contrucci, “But it was announced tonight charges wouldn’t be pressed, sources say, because the woman is not mentally fit to face prosecution.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">POLICE APPREHENDED THE WOMAN SUSPECTED OF PUNCHING A LECTOR AT THE CATHEDRAL ON SUNDAY. But it was announced tonight charges wouldn’t be pressed, sources say, because the woman is not mentally fit to face prosecution.<a href="https://t.co/4vfHbpGsUN">https://t.co/4vfHbpGsUN</a></p>— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHoldenCBS3/status/1298105770777731073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Holden also wrote that “the woman was questioned but police declined to file charges.”
During the 11 a.m. Mass on Aug. 23 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, two female readers concluded their readings and were walking back to their pews, when a woman from the congregation assaulted one of them, yelling and punching her twice in the face. The attack was seemingly unprovoked.