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Robber pauses to pray with victim

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Police in Indianapolis said an armed robber took time out during his crime to pray with a cashier, but he still took money from the business.

Investigators said the man walked into Advance America at about 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon and made his intentions to rob the establishment known to cashier Angela Montez, the Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday.

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"He said that he hated to have to do this, but times were hard and he had no choice," Montez told police.

Montez said she began crying and asked the man to reconsider committing the crime, mentioning God. She said the man told her he had a 2-year-old to support and asked her to pray with him.

Police said the pair went down on their knees and prayed for nearly 10 minutes. Montez said the man took a bullet out of his gun, saying it was the only bullet, and gave it to her as a sign that he would not harm her. However, he sent Montez into a bathroom and took $20 in $5 bills from her cash register, leaving other cash behind.

Investigators said they have an image of the man's face captured from security camera footage.

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