CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A pair of church cleaning ladies had just finished their work at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chesterfield last week, when they were held up at gunpoint in the parking lot as they tried to leave, police said.
"All I could say was just, ‘Wow,’” Margaret Long, who has lived across the street from Redeemer Lutheran for just over two decades, said. "I was very shocked. My grandchildren play over there a lot."
The women had just come out into the parking lot when they were boxed in by a vehicle, police said. Two men got out of the vehicle and attempted to rob the women, but the women did not have anything worth taking, police said.
"It’s pretty low to try and rob the cleaning lady,” Charles Byers, who son attends pre-school at the church, said. “They probably had no cash, because they don't make much. It's just low."
Derek Buster, Anthony Coleman, Daires Coles and Quincy Buster are all charged in connection with the attempted robbery.
Long said it was sad to hear that things like this happen even on holy ground.
"People have no respect,” Long said. “People have no morals towards the church or church property. It's really changed dramatically since I was younger. People need to seek God."
All four men will face felony attempted robbery charges along with firearms charges.