The Aiken Department of Public Safety identified an elderly man who was hospitalized after being stabbed during a robbery attempt outside the First Baptist Church in downtown Aiken Friday night. Law enforcement officers continue to search for the man who attacked Leslie Neal Price, 87, said Public Safety Sgt. Jake Mahoney. Price was taken to the Medical College of Georgia after the incident and was listed in stable condition Saturday morning with non-life threatening injuries, Mahoney said. A family member later said that Price was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon and was doing well. The assailant is described as a black man, about 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark windbreaker and a dark knit cap. Public Safety detectives are pursuing several leads, said Mahoney. Price and his wife are associated with a family cleaning service that has contracted with the church for about 15 years. The couple had left the church's family life center to empty trash containers Friday shortly before 8 p.m., according to police reports. They were approached by a man who demanded that Price turn over his wallet. When the two men exchanged words, the assailant stabbed Price in the upper abdomen. Price's wife was able to get away and was uninjured. She was interviewed by detectives and was able to provide them with additional information. Public Safety will increase its patrols in that area, Mahoney said. He asked that people maintain vigilance and call the department if they observe anything suspicious. "It's really unusual for that area," said Mahoney. "Especially where the victim is an elderly man leaving a church. That's unheard of in the city." The Rev. Fred Andrea, pastor of First Baptist Church, said he had been in touch with the Price family throughout the day Saturday. "It's an extraordinary thing," Andrea said. "We are certainly grateful that Mr. and Mrs. Price were no more seriously injured or jarred than they have been. We appreciate the quick and thorough response of the Department of Public Safety in the way they patrol downtown so diligently and the attention they pay to church areas." The church will remain vigilant and will provide for the safety and security for all people who are on the premises, Andrea said. It's a foundational value to make as sure as humanly possible to provide security for those of all ages, he said. "It's a sobering reminder that we live in a world that no one can make 100 percent safe and secure," said Andrea. Contact Rob Novit at rnovit@aikenstandard.com.