Suspect sought in robbery attempt involving churchgoer

Las Vegas police were searching for a man who assaulted a parishioner at gunpoint on Sunday.

Police originally reported the man assaulted was a priest, but Rev. Marc Howes, of St. Joseph Husband of Mary Catholic Church, denied that.

"No, he was not a priest. That's inaccurate," Howes said, declining further comment.

Police said man was assaulted by a suspect about 8 a.m. Sunday near Tenaya Way and Sahara Avenue.

Police said the suspect attacked the man as he was walking to his car, which was parked on Via Olivero Avenue, near the church.

The suspect pointed a gun at the man and demanded his wallet. The man refused and ran.

The suspect caught the man, threw him to the ground and pointed the gun in his face, again demanding his wallet, police said. The man refused.

A second man driving a light-colored sedan approached and told the first man to get into the car. The two men then left the area in the sedan.

Police released a sketch of the first suspect, described as a white man in his late 20s to early 30s. The man stands about 5 feet 10, weighs about 180 pounds and was clean-cut with light brown hair.

Anyone with information was urged to call the robbery section at 828-3591.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at or 702-383-0283.