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Churchgoers Help Thwart Suspected Car Burglars

A suspected car burglar fired a rifle into a crowd of churchgoers who had confronted him and an accomplice, but no one was injured, police said Monday.

Two suspects, Mario Marroquin, 19, and a male juvenile, allegedly were breaking into a car near the intersection of Saturn and Rugby avenues about 8 p.m. Sunday when they were confronted by several worshipers leaving La Luz del Mundo Church, said Huntington Park Police Lt. Tom Weselis.

A confrontation developed and one of the suspects pulled out a cutting tool and slashed a churchgoer across the chest, slightly injuring him, Weselis said.

The suspects left and returned a short time later with a military carbine, and Marroquin allegedly fired a single round from 35 feet away into the crowd of men, women and children leaving the church. No one was hit.

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About 10 churchgoers chased the suspects nine blocks to the intersection of Santa Fe and Gage avenues, where police took the suspects into custody, authorities said.


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