The sex offender accused of attacking a Burlingame priest who asked him to stop smoking on church grounds is wanted on a $75,000 bench warrant after failing to appear in court on assault charges.
David Donald Lewis was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges but did not attend, leading to the warrant.
Prosecutors say Lewis, 43, walked onto the grounds of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Burlingame about 9:22 a.m. June 11 and was asked to leave by staff because school was in session. Lewis reportedly walked away from the church but stayed on the grounds smoking.
The 65-year-old priest, who was not dressed in clerical clothing, exited the rectory and told Lewis he could not smoke and asked him to leave. Lewis reportedly approached the priest, who grabbed a broom out of fear for his safety, and punched him multiple times in the face and chest. The priest fell and fractured his elbow while Lewis fled.
Burlingame police found Lewis in the area of California Drive and Rhinette Avenue and he denied attacking anyone. The priest positively identified him as the man who assaulted him, according to authorities.