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Phony Mormon missionaries sought in Vegas robbery

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Police said two men posed as Mormon missionaries as part of a robbery on June 27. (LVMPD) Police said two men posed as Mormon missionaries as part of a robbery on June 27. (LVMPD)
Police said the men attacked a resident at his doorstep in the area of Buffalo and Flamingo. (LVMPD) Police said the men attacked a resident at his doorstep in the area of Buffalo and Flamingo. (LVMPD)
Police said this suspect was armed with a handgun. (LVMPD) Police said this suspect was armed with a handgun. (LVMPD)
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Two men claiming to be and dressed as Mormon missionaries assaulted and robbed a person at his doorstep, according to Las Vegas Metro police.

Police released photos Tuesday of two men believed to have committed the act in the area of Flamingo Road and Buffalo Drive at about 6:20 a.m. on June 27.

According to Metro's Robbery Section, the two men knocked on a resident's door and asked to speak to him about religion. The victim spoke for about five minutes before he was attacked by the suspects, police said.

The men demanded property from the victim while holding him at gunpoint, according to detectives.

Police said one suspect was described as a white man, 22 to 28 years old, 5'7" to 5'8" and 130-145 pounds. Police said he was last seen wearing a white shirt, black tie, black pants and black shoes. He was also seen wearing a black backpack and was armed with a handgun.

Police described the other suspect as a black man, 22 to 28 years old, 5'10" to 6'1" and 190-210. He was also wearing the same colored shirt, tie, pants and shoes as the first suspect.

Police urge anyone with information on the suspect to contact Metro's Robbery Section at 702-828-3591 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is noted for strict schedules. Police noted the crime occurred at 6:20 a.m. It is not customary for any missionary to be out until about 9 a.m. or past 9 p.m.

FOX5 spoke with a former missionary on Tuesday. Daniel Schultz worked as Mormon missionary 20 years ago and recognizes the challenges that come along with the job.

"It's just so sad that people would take something that's normally good and positive and productive and make it something where we have to be worried and scared," Schultz said.

With the latest of news of these two imposters, he believes it will make it difficult for others to open their door when a real missionary knocks.

"I think it just makes it a little bit harder, a little bit more mistrust, a little bit more misunderstanding, mislabeling," Schultz said.

Missionaries are also generally younger, between 18 and 22 years old, and they also wear nametags to identify themselves.

The imposters were described as being between the ages of 22 and 28.

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