A trumpet-wielding man attacked a head priest of the Fargo Diocese and two parishioners while others waited for an afternoon Sunday Mass to begin July 5 at the downtown St. Mary’s Cathedral, court documents allege.
Cass County prosecutors on Tuesday filed three misdemeanor simple assault charges, as well as a Class C felony of attempted simple assault on a peace officer, against Benjamin David West, 33, of Fargo. He is accused of attacking Monsignor Joseph Goering, as well as parishioners Loren Bolgrean and Mark Jepperson, at the Fargo cathedral. Wearing a red cape and blanket as a robe, West came into the cathedral just before a 2 p.m. Mass on Sunday, according to a criminal complaint. Almost everyone that was expected to attend Mass at that time was likely there, Goehring told The Forum in an interview at St. Mary’s.
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