Monday, October 12

Pastor Luis Borges, recovering after being knocked out in ‘crooked’ Craigslist deal

A well-known pastor of a Hartford church is recovering in the hospital after being  knocked unconscious on New Park Avenue in Hartford Saturday afternoon while attempting to conduct a transaction that began on Craigslist.
Luis Borges, 54, lead pastor of the First Assembly of God Church, a Pentecostal Portuguese-speaking church, sustained a head injury and was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he remained Sunday evening.
"He doesn`t remember much. He's in a lot of pain," said Kelia Alexandre, Borges' daughter.
Family members of Borges say he answered a Craigslist ad to purchase a $400 iPhone for a birthday present for his son Peter Borges, who turned 15 on Sunday.
"He just wanted to get something nice for me, something I`ve been asking for a while,"
Police say Borges met the suspects outside church on New Park Avenue,  in a public place, on the sidewalk, to make the exchange around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.  The pastor along with his son and 20 year daughter were attending a baby shower at the church at the time.

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