WATCH: Teens Rob, Viciously Punch Elderly Woman in Church

An elderly woman was brutally punched in the face by a robber while inside an Omaha, Nebraska, church on Sunday, during a purse snatching. The attack was recorded on the church’s surveillance video (watch it above).

Two men entered St. Cecilia Cathedral at about 11 a.m. on August 16, the church’s pastor, Reverend James Netusil, said in a post on Facebook. Netusil said the woman, who is 72, was in the north vestibule of the church at the “welcome table reading a copy of the parish newsletter.”

Then, two black teens, described as about 16 years old, entered the church behind her. One of the men can be seen grabbing her purse from her arm and running out the door.

“The second, for no explainable reason, hit the woman squarely on the side of her face, knocking her down where she hit her head against the side of the table,” Netusil said.

A 76-year-old woman was punched in the head by a robber inside an Omaha, Nebraska church in an attack caught on surveillance video.

A 76-year-old woman was punched in the head by a robber inside an Omaha, Nebraska church in an attack caught on surveillance video. (St. Cecilia Cathedral/YouTube)

Omaha Police said the woman was taken to the hospital for a large bump on her forehead and scrapes, and was later released from the hospital.

Another video, posted online by Father Netusil, shows the two men entering and exiting the church:

“Honestly, I saw the video for the first time this morning, and it just makes you cringe,” Netusil told the Omaha World-Herald. “After the first kid grabbed her purse, the second one hits her, and there’s no point to it. It was just evil.”

“She was pretty shaken up, but she didn’t want to go to the hospital at first. From the video, we know that she had just walked in two minutes before and suddenly, she’s attacked.”

The woman’s granddaughter posted on the police department’s Facebook page a few days after the attack, and said she “asked that we pray for her attackers.”

Neutsil wrote on Facebook, “What faith it takes to pray for those who attack you. So very humbling.”



Ellen Mashburn Honeybuss

Pray they get caught! Also that they go to jail. If white teens attacked an elderly black woman the church bldg and town would be looted and burned down! Where’s the indignation here? We need a spokesman or two for crime against all people no matter the color!


Sadly it’s true there would be riots if that where the case. It’s a truly horrible crime on the elderly no matter what color skin. Where are these kids parents? Aren’t we raised to respect are elders!!!? I hope they are caught but not to just be punished yes they deserve to be punished but hopefully they can learn from there crime.


Color has no bearing on such a horrific matter. If memory serves me correct, a white boy just killed nine black people in a church and there was no looting…


I never said color has anything to do with it. I said this is a horrible crime on the elderly. And most recently there has been riots for white on black crime. Riots are of no use to any color it solves nothing only makes things worse.

Rich W

One crazy white kid killing people pales in comparison to the carnage that blacks perpetrate every single day. Don’t you dare try to compare the two.


Thank you for reminding people that this is not about race or color. It’s about a 72 year old woman being attacked by two teenagers who deserved to be punished for their actions. There is no excuse for what they did to this woman.

Paco Taco

You got that right. Alot of black people these days are ‘racist paranoid’..


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