Monday, November 18, 2013

Fake LDS Missionaries Allegedly Set Up Assault On Man In Jewel Lake Neighborhood Of Anchorage, Alaska

According to a report from KTVA Channel 11, two men posing as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may have participated in an assault upon a man in the Jewel Lake neighborhood in Anchorage.

The incident occurred during the evening of November 12th, 2013. Bob Hoffman, president of the Bayshore/Klatt Community Council, said a friend of his was approached by two men wearing overcoats and carrying flowers. They asked the friend if he knew Jesus, and if he had heard of the Mormons. A third man attacked the victim from behind, beating and choking him into unconsciousness. The victim was hospitalized for two days. Because a similar modus operandi has allegedly been used in east Anchorage, Hoffman sent an email to members of the council's mailing list alerting them to a "possible community threat."

This is the second reported incident of fake missionaries committing crimes in 2013; two individuals were arrested in Las Vegas for staging a home invasion and robbery while dressed as missionaries. In both case, name tags were not worn; missionaries always wear name tags when proselyting in public. In the Las Vegas case, Robert Estall and Abraham Austins Jr. face felony first-degree kidnapping, robbery and battery charges, and are scheduled for trial on January 8th, 2014. Clark County Detention Center records indicate both are still in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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