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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are searching for a man who robbed and pepper-sprayed a priest Wednesday afternoon in broad daylight.

The attack happened at about 3:30 p.m. near 11th and Walnut Streets in Center City.

According to investigators, the 65-year-old Episcopalian Priest was waiting for the route 42 SEPTA bus when he was approached by the suspect.

Investigators say the thief used pepper spray on the victim and then reached into the victim’s pockets and stole a money clip containing $125. The suspect then ran away on foot.

The victim was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was treated and released.

The suspect is described as a black male, with an average build, dark-colored hair and a thick, bushy mustache. He was wearing all dark-colored clothing and a dark knit cap sleeve.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call 911 or 215.686.TIPS (8477).

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