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Los Angeles Police detectives asked for the public’s help Friday to identify the man who stole about $4,100 representing the weekly offering at a church in Boyle Heights and injured an 80-year-old parishioner who tried to stop him.

The robbery at the Church of the Assumption at 2832 Blanchard St. took place around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

It happened after the weekly money count, police said. An 80-year-old parishioner left the church taking with him a canvas bag containing cash, coins and checks totaling about $4,100.

As he walked from the church, the suspect grabbed the bag and started to run off. The elder parishioner who was carrying the money refused to let go of the bag and was dragged onto the pavement by the suspect, according to police.

The robber eventually yanked the bag free and ran off, fleeing in a waiting late model black sedan driven by a second suspect, police said.

The church’s video captured the suspect arriving and loitering in the church’s parking lot around 45 minutes before the robbery, according to the LAPD. The second suspect appeared to be acting as a lookout at the opposite site of the lot.

The robber is described as Hispanic, with a thin build. He was wearing a black hat, dark jacket and light colored pants, according to police. No description of his accomplice was available.

Anyone with information on the robbery or the two suspects was urged to call  Detective Dante Palacio at the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division at (323) 342- 8900 or the LAPD’s 24-hour tipline at (877) 527-3247. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be submitted anonymously.

—Staff and wire reports

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