Rev. Norman Hayes, 57, pastor of the Bridge Community Church in North Hampton, was punched repeatedly and suffered a broken nose, bruises, and three long cuts requiring stitches.
Police Chief Jarrod Campbell said in his eleven years with the department, he’s rarely seen “an incident this brutal.”
The suspect, 28-year-old James Maxie, is a self-proclaimed atheist and has a history of violence. He has previously been convicted of a felony assault charge for which he served two years in prison. Maxie is also been convicted on other charges including animal cruelty and having unlawful sex with a minor.