Trio came to prey, not pray, at this religious procession

Sunday was Domingo de Ramos, the time when Christians mark the Biblical story of Jesus Christ arriving at Jerusalem.

There were a number of processions and outside events put on by various congregations Sunday, but three persons did not attend the one in Parque de República de el Salvador in western San José with religion on their minds.

The Fuerza Pública said that two women and two men were robbed at knife- and gunpoint in the park during a religious event. The park is on Avenida 9 at Calle 40 just about 300 meters north of the General Cañas highway.

Police, which are providing security for the religious events, acted quickly, and a woman and two men were detained as suspects in a vehicle just north of the northwest corner of Parque la Sabana. Both men have records of aggravated robbery, said police. The trio were en route to Pavas, police said.

Officers said they recovered a BB gun that was used to simulate a firearm and also two cell telephones taken from the robbery victims. The trio were remanded to the flagrancy court.

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