Woman robbed inside Lakeview church, say police

| March 29, 2013

NEW ORLEANS – As Catholics mark the beginning of Holy Week, police are investigating an alarming crime inside a Lakeview church.

As parishioners headed into Palm Sunday Mass at St. Dominic Church in Lakeview , they reflected on a shocking crime that happened inside earlier this week.

“You would think coming to church you would be safe and to find out that you could be robbed in church is scary,” said parishioner Mary Shales.

Val Cupit, head of Lakeview Crimewatch, said a 72-year-old woman was praying inside around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man came up behind her and demanded cash.

“How dare he come into a sacred place like this and prey on anybody,” said Cupit, who has spoken with the victim at length.

The woman was alone inside the church at the time, while two maintenance men worked outside in the back. Cupit said the victim handed over about $27, never looking in the robbers face.

Shaken, she walked to a clothing store across the street and relayed what happened.

“When she was approached by the store clerk there, ‘Is there something I can help you with,’ she said, ‘Yeah, I'm walking off my fear,’ and then she started elaborating,” Cupit said.



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