Las Vegas couple Ida and Terence Delucia said they were victims of a robbery at gunpoint by two young men disguised as ‘fake missionaries’ who knocked on their door in the name of the Gospel.
Las Vegas police said Thursday that they are looking for the two men who committed the robbery at the couple’s house on June 27th, 2013. The police added that the two men took with them $3,000 stashed in a cookie jar, three iPads and an iPod.
The surveillance video shows two so-called men of God in white button-down shirts, black ties, black pants and black shoes, entering Ida and Terence home.
Terence said the two young false missionaries, who looked like Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses, came to his house at 6 a.m. “They knocked at the door and said they we’d like to talk to you about Jesus Christ,” Terence said.
The two men handed him a pamphlet, which he looked at, though when he turned back something went around his neck.
Terence said he had just the time to scream to his wife then he found himself on the ground attacked at his doorstep. He tried to wrestle with the two assailants but one of them jumped on him while he was lying on the ground. He then had a hard time fighting back since he was being violently beat up.
“I could not breathe and that’s when I thought I was going to die,” he said.
One of the robbers went the bedroom where Ida was hiding in the closet, underneath some long clothes. Ida confirmed that she saw the man looking with a gun. The so-called missionary took his loot and ran away.
The two men vanished right after the robbery but police say they are looking for them. Police described one of them as a white male, 22 to 28 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, and 130 to 145 pounds. The other one is as a black male, 22 to 28 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1, and 190 to 210 pounds.
ABC News, who showed the police surveillance video, reported a similar case that took place in Arizona where three men offered to do yard work last fall until one of the suspects put the homeowner in a choke-hold. The three men were also caught in a home surveillance camera. According to Arizona police, the homeowner was dragged into his home with a gun to his head.
The Las Vegas couple said they are planning to move from their house as the robbery was a traumatic experience for them. “I fear for my life right now…I don’t know who’s going to come to my door,” said Delucia.
Home burglary has become a problem that Americans deal with on an everyday basis. Statistics from the FBI, given by ABC News show that at least 1.5 million home burglaries occur each year across the USA. Most of them happen during the day. Some of them are even caught on cameras. What efforts could be made for real answers to this problem? Two men disguised as fake missionaries robbed a Las Vegas couple at gunpoint in their home. Will this event cause people to keep their door closed to even the most innocent looking people? These sorts of events could change the face of door to door proselytizing in the future.