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Armed gunmen rob church on southside

Posted at 10:03 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 21:57:15-05

Tucson Police detectives are investigating an armed robbery at a southside church from Wednesday night.

A support group was inside the Ministerios Dios Es Mi Fuerza, located near 6th and Ajo, when multiple armed and masked suspects entered the room.

Police say they responded to the church just after 7 p.m. and learned the suspects involved fled the scene prior to their arrival. 

Detectives were able to determine that church was hosting a "Women's Group" meeting with 35 to 50 individuals, including children. 

Police say the meeting was faith-based but involved individuals from many different religions. 

During the meeting, five suspects entered the church wearing masks and were armed with handguns. 

The suspects pointed their guns at the group and demanded that everyone get on the ground. 

Police say some of the victims were forcefully shoved to the ground and received injuries from the assault. 

The suspects made off with purses from multiple victims before fleeing from the church in unknown vehicles. 

Police say the suspects were speaking primarily Spanish but were also using English at times. 

They are described as young men in their late teens to mid 20's. 

Several victims of the church left immediately after the robbery and before officers arrived. Detectives are asking these individuals to call the Tucson Police Department as soon as possible. 

Police say a special phone number has been established to take these calls in Spanish and English, the number is 520-589-8846.

The phone isn't monitored 24/7 but detectives will return your call if you leave a message. 

If anyone has any information on this incident, you are urged to call 88-CRIME, you can remain anonymous.