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2 dressed as Mormon missionaries rob man in Vegas

This image provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows photos from home surveillance video two suspects who apparently dressed

This image provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows photos from home surveillance video of two suspects who apparently dressed as Mormon missionaries and asked a man to talk about religion before robbing him at gunpoint on the evening of June 27 in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley. Police say the victim spoke with the men for about five minutes before they jumped him, punched him and stole property at gunpoint. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two men dressed as Mormon missionaries told a man they wanted to talk about religion, but pulled out a gun and jumped him instead, Las Vegas police said Tuesday.

Authorities released home surveillance photos of two suspects who reportedly knocked on the door of a home near Flamingo Road and South Buffalo Drive the morning of June 27. The man who answered told police he talked with the two men for about five minutes before they jumped him and started punching him.

The victim told police the suspects held him at gunpoint, demanded property, and didn’t let him go until he gave it to them.

They then fled.

Sgt. Andrew Pennucci didn’t disclose information about the conversation between the suspects and the victim, and said he couldn’t speculate whether the men were legitimate missionaries.

“We are saddened by this senseless crime,” Kristen Howey, a spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in a written statement. “Thankfully, impersonating missionaries is very rare.”

One of the suspects is described as a white man about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 130-145 pounds. He was last seen wearing black slacks, black shoes and a black tie with a white long-sleeved dress shirt.

The other suspect is described as a black man between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall. Police say he’s 190-210 pounds, and was wearing an outfit similar to his partner’s.

Both appear in the video wearing black backpacks, and are estimated to be about 22-28 years old.



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