Woman Beaten with Crucifix

Didn't give cash, got a beating with a cross

Pamela Johnson didn't have cash for a woman seeking donations Saturday night, but the beggar had something for her: a beating ... with a crucifix.

Johnson, 50, told Gary police she was returning to her car about 10 p.m. when a woman came up to her, police Cmdr. Richard Allen said.

"She said she didn't have any money," Allen read from the police report.

In response, the woman produced a foot-long crucifix made of stone and started hitting Johnson over the head.

Johnson was treated at The Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., for head injuries, Allen said.

"She had a deep cut on her forehead," he added.

Detectives are investigating the assault.  So far, no one has been arrested and the weapon has not been recovered.

Allen didn't mention any other reports of similar attacks involving a crucifix as a weapon.


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