STAMFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – Police say a woman had just finished praying at St. John’s Church at Atlantic Street when she was approached by a man Thursday night while exiting out a side door.

Stamford police captain Richie Conklin says the man asked if he could hug the woman.

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When she said no, he allegedly knocked her down and then grabbed and attempted to rape her.

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“During that attack, he stuck his tongue into her mouth and she bit off a large portion of his tongue, which we recovered at the crime scene,” said Conklin. “There was an extreme amount of blood at the scene.”

Conklin says it was a big chunk.

The attacker was nabbed by police when he turned up seeking medical aid at a walk-in clinic in Stamford. Police had notified local medical centers that they were seeking a man missing a one inch piece of his tongue.

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The alleged victim, who is in her 50s, was treated at Stamford Hospital.