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Man punches Catholic priest in random NYC subway attack: cops

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A man who said he “just felt like punching someone” did just that, randomly slugging a Catholic priest in the face inside a Bronx subway station this week, cops said. 

The 74-year-old priest — who serves at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Belmont section of the Bronx, according to police sources — was trying to go through the turnstile at the Kingsbridge Road subway station around 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. 

When he had trouble swiping his MetroCard, the suspect, walking the other way, suddenly punched him, according to cops and the sources.

“Don’t shout,” the attacker allegedly told the victim when he called out for help. “I just felt like punching someone.” 

The assailant then took off, and the priest refused medical attention on scene for swelling and pain. 

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