An evangelical pastor who was robbed at gunpoint in a Thousand Oaks field Tuesday night said he and a fellow pastor prayed to God and preached to his assailant--but to no avail.
The gunman and two accomplices made off with the ministers' wallets, car phone and car keys, sheriff's detectives said.
Ventura County sheriff's deputies are looking for three men in their 20s who robbed the two ministers and then vanished, according to a police report by Detective Ernie Montagna.
Larry Bingman, a co-pastor at the Living Word Christian Fellowship Evangelical Church in Newbury Park, said the men did not harm him or fellow pastor Marco Molina, who was visiting from Mazatlan, Mexico.
But neither did the assailants heed Bingman's attempts to preach the Gospel.
Bingman, 53, said he and Molina, 24, were standing and praying in a field at the end of Sunset Hills Boulevard that overlooks most of Thousand Oaks when three men came up behind them about 9:50 p.m.