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Alexandria Police responded to a report of an assault at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church on Elliot Street about 9:30 this morning.

According to initial reports, William Branch entered the church during a service and threatened the priest with a large knife. Branch then exited the church, however responding officers located him nearby and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Branch was taken to the Alexandria Police Department for interviews and then to the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he was charged with aggravated assault and terrorizing.

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