Authorities said that a 50-year-old Catholic priest threatened to kill another man of the cloth during an altercation at the Vocationist Fathers Retreat and Conference Center in Florham Park. The suspect is believed to be the current director of the religious center.
The dispute allegedly arose over an argument about usage of a car leased by one of the men. The victim told police that the suspect threatening to kill him and then stabbed him in the arm with a crucifix. However, the Florham Park Police Department indicated in a press release that the victim told them a slightly different story shortly after the incident: that the suspect swung the crucifix through a glass door and injured the victim.
The suspect in the case has an entirely different story. He says that the victim actually injured himself when he slammed his arm against the glass door.
After investigating the incident and hearing both sides, police decided to arrest the suspect and charged him with making terroristic threats. According to authorities, the suspect has not been charged with assault.
Sometime after being arrested and charged, the suspect was released on his own recognizance.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “One Priest Alleges Another Attacked Him with a Crucifix in Florham Park.“