Last week, the Colorado Springs police paid a visit to Grace Be Unto You Outreach Ministries at 3195 Airport Rd.
They brought toys for about 40 families.
Sunday, they were back, with a different mission. They were investigating a 3:30 p.m. call that a 16-year-old boy had been robbed at gunpoint in the church’s parking lot.
The boy had just finished serving food to the homeless. Afterward, he walked outside to wait for his parents.
“Within a couple of minutes after he walked outside, he came running back,” said Bill Chancy, the church’s senior pastor. “He was shaken, he was in tears, and he said that some guys had put a gun to him and robbed him of his cell phone and keys.”
Chancy said the boy told him he saw the five huddle and put blue bandannas on their faces “then they came over to him and put the gun right to his belly.”
Using dogs, police tracked down and arrested one adult and four juveniles and returned the boy’s cell phone at about 7 p.m. The five were not identified because the case was still under investigation.
It’s a harsh lesson, Chancy said, even for a church in an area of Colorado Springs known for its share of crime.
“It lets us know that we’re not safe anywhere, not even in a church parking lot,” he said. “So now we have to alert everybody to be on the lookout for things like this.”