3 arrests made in LR church robbery

| September 12, 2011

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three men have been arrested and charged with holding up members of a Little Rock church at gunpoint during a Sunday school class, police said.

The robbers entered Third Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning while more than a dozen people, seven of them children, were inside, police said. The robbers used a pistol to threaten Rev. Elmo Robinson and his 12-year-old granddaughter, Robinson said Monday.

Robinson, 66, said he has trouble moving due to his knees. One man pointed the handgun at Robinson and said, "You think I'm playing?"

After the congregation handed over jewelry, wallets and cellphones, the three told everyone not to call 9-1-1 for 10 minutes, police said. Someone fired a handgun into the air outside the church as the men fled, police said.

No one was injured. Some people have since gotten their valuables returned, police said.

"I want to thank God that all is safe, and no one is harmed," Robinson told reporters.

Police identified one suspect as Larry Storay, 20. The two others were 14 and 15. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

Storay and the 14-year-old each face 18 counts of aggravated robbery and theft of property. The 15-year-old faces the same charges along with separate charges for stealing a gun last month that was used in Sunday's incident.



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