3 men face 36 charges in armed robbery at East St. Louis church

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KMOV.com staff

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Police have charged three men in connection to a robbery during a service at a church in East St. Louis late last month.

Howard Dotson, Jr., 17, and Rufus Thomas, 20 and Kenneth Walton are in custody and face 36 counts of armed robbery.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said the three suspects stormed into the IRA Grove Freewill Baptist Church in the 1700 block Belmont just after 5 p.m. on Jan. 27

Police said the suspects robbed members of the congregation, then fled with money and other items.

All three men remain in custody on $2 million bond each.

 

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