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article imageMan is robbed while inside a church praying

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Jul 31, 2011 in Crime
A man had entered St. John and Bernard Parish to spend some time praying a little after 2 p. m. on Friday. But he left with a stunning robbery story.
The man who is not being identified was sitting in a pew praying when he felt something poke him in his back. A male told the man he had a gun and to take his wallet out and give him all the money he had in it.
The parishioner did exactly what he was told to do.
The reports Detective Wes Smigielski of the Benton Harbor Police Department said, "It's unknown whether he actually had a gun or not, but the victim was told it was a gun. The victim took out all his money - he didn't know how much it was - and the suspect grabbed the money and ran."
Smigielski said the alleged robber is described as being a medium-complected black man, between 18-21 years old, and 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall. He said the man was wearing gray shorts and a gray shirt, and had an orange bandanna wrapped around his hand.
Detectives were shocked that the robbery took place in broad daylight and inside a church. quotes Smigielski said, "You never think it’s going to happen at a church, and it did." reports the alleged robber may have had two other people with him when he left the church.
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