Man accused of kidnapping, robbing 4 church missionaries in Utah

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  • TWhit Longwood, FL
    Jan. 14, 2019 11:40 a.m.

    Good thinking missionaries. You all played it well....plus someone was looking out for you.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 10:00 a.m.

    Well, at least they tried the, "Silver and gold have I none..." line first.

    The text was brilliant. 911 location tracing is tough and doesn't even work in some areas. Texting a friend allowed them to respond quicker and more accurately. The church should consider silent panic apps.

    Did they get a second appointment?

  • Flipphone , 00
    Jan. 13, 2019 11:17 a.m.

    Most people today don't carry much money, some of us none at all.

  • durwood kirby , 00
    Jan. 12, 2019 10:54 p.m.

    Anybody with street smarts should know that Mormon missionaries won’t be carrying wads of cash.

  • mahgritz8 ,
    Jan. 12, 2019 7:46 p.m.

    “Plus, why didn't the missionary with the phone just call the cops instead of calling a friend?”

    First off, it was my son who sent the text, not a phone call, to a member to contact the police. Is this momma glad he didn’t pull out his phone and call 911 in front of a drunk waving a loaded gun and knife around??

    Guess what momma thinks?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 5:36 p.m.

    The guy should have gotten a job to earn the money he needs.

  • Wheezy Washington, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 2:53 p.m.

    Because a text is silent. The missionary would have to talk to the police on the phone. Smart missionary

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 12, 2019 2:37 p.m.

    @Conservative

    "Plus, why didn't the missionary with the phone just call the cops instead of calling a friend?"

    Obviously because the guy with the gun would probably panic if the missionary was holding a telephone up to his ear. You can text much more inconspicuously than you can call. And you can't text the police.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 1:50 p.m.

    "...why didn't the missionary with the phone just call the cops instead of calling a friend?"

    Probably the most excitement they've had in some time. I'm proud of their Christian restraint. In my mission, we would have knocked him out. Just sayin...

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 1:38 p.m.

    This is the wrong thing to do. Missionaries will win every time. Someone is watching out for them.

  • Lizardo Washington, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 1:07 p.m.

    Hmmm. Sounds as though the four missionaries reacted appropriately. Poor Mr. Willie might have chosen other more profitable targets had he known that LDS missionaries serve "without purse or scrip", sort of. Good to know there were no injuries.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 10:19 a.m.

    jeez, this guy must be new to the area. everyone knows missionaries don't have a lot of money. The first rule of robbery is to pick a target that is likely to produce a positive result.

    Plus, why didn't the missionary with the phone just call the cops instead of calling a friend?