Abbot Tryphon told KIRO 7 about how he was suddenly attacked Tuesday morning while gassing up at the Mobil Station…
“I have never been hit as hard,” the Russian Orthodox priest said Wednesday. The at-large suspect “zeroed in on my cross, because when he started coming my direction, he had this look of anger.”
The leader of the Vashon monks said the man who struck him first asked, “How’s Trump?” When Abbot Tryphon answered, “I have no idea, that’s when he hit me.”
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“You can see him swing and the priest went down to the ground,” Abbott said. “He was wearing all of his priest gear, including a cross.”
One day later, Abbot Tryphon still has ringing in his ears and some hearing loss. He believes that for some reason, the cross on his chest angered the man. “When the man saw the cross, he went insane.
He got this insane look and that’s when he punched me.” When asked by KIRO 7 whether religion might have been a motive, Abbot Tryphon said, “I think it was the whole attire.
I think he saw me as a conservative Christian, which I am, and I think he, for whatever reason, whether it’s political or psychological in nature, the man reacted.”
Abbot Tryphon added, “I’m not a political person. People don’t know my political persuasion or how I vote.”
If identified, the suspect could be charged with felony assault.