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Aug 14, 2013 9:05 PM by Drew Trafton - Q2 News

Images released of persons of interest in Billlings assault

BILLINGS- The Billings Police Department has released pictures of several persons of interest they are actively pursuing in connection to a home invasion.

Billings Police Lieutenant Kevin Iffland said the department now believes the men, pictured above, may at least have information police are seeking regarding two separate robberies on late Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

The first took place on the 100 block of 11th Street West just before midnight on Tuesday night.

A 76-year-old woman reported being awoken by a noise in her living room. She discovered a man in the room and he threw her to the floor and stole property before leaving the home.

The homeowner was not seriously injured.

Iffland said several items were taken from the residence, including credit cards.

Upon investigating, the Billings Police Department discovered the credit cards had been used after being stolen.

The pictures above are from surveillance cameras when persons of interest used, or attempted to use, at least one credit card.

Iffland said the robbery was likely related to a previously reported violent robbery and assault that happened nearly three hours later Wednesday morning.

The second incident involved two Billings nuns who were asleep in a home on Gregory Drive South.

The pair of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth told police they were asleep in the home when they both awoke in separate rooms after hearing suspicious noises.

In that incident, two men broke into the home.

You can read more about that incident by clicking on the link below.

If you have any information concerning the Wednesday morning invasions, subsequent crimes or identities of the persons of interest pictured above, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 406-245-6660.

According to personal friends of the two Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 79-year-old Clara Scherr remains in the intensive care unit at St. Vincent's Hospital while 90-year-old Mary Vicentia Maronick also remains checked-in at the hospital-- but not in intensive care.

Both nuns are retired.

According to Kathleen Hanley, a recently retired Sister of the Humility of Mary who resides in Billings, the two women have a long career of service-much of which took place in the Billings community.

Hanley says the Maronick, known to her friends as "Mary V", worked out of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Billings. Maronick focused her time working primarily with AIDS patients as well as the gay and lesbian community in Billings.

Scherr is a former nurse who recently moved to Billings and worked at St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral, leading many church programs prior to her retirement last spring.

However, Scherr is still active in hospice care ministry, as well as hospital visitation and working with the less fortunate through St. Vincent de Paul in Billings.

"They're women of prayer," said Hanley. "They're women of conviction. The Gospel is very, very important to them. And they live the Gospel. And, there is a sense of, "This is what it's all about-- to be of service to others."

Despite a rapidly dwindling population, the Sisters of Charity in Leavenworth remain largely active in education and medical vocations in Montana.

The women maintain a very active role in several Catholic hospitals around the state including Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City, St. James Hospital in Butte and St. Vincent's in Billings.

On Wednesday evening, Sister Maureen Hall, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Community Director, released a statement regarding the incident.

The statement reads as follows:

We are saddened by events that occurred early this morning in Billings, Mont., that resulted in injuries to two of our Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Fortunately, the Sisters are recovering from the injuries they sustained. We are grateful to the physicians, clinicians and staff at St. Vincent Healthcare and to the Billings community for the outpouring of expressions of concern and support. We ask for continued prayers for our two Sisters and for the individuals who broke into their home.

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