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.

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.

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