TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Most Sunday mornings Pastor Brent Armstrong opens the gates and the doors to his church, Tucson Baptist Church near 22nd Street and Columbus without problems.
However, on Sunday, Aug. 12, something out of the ordinary happened. It began with the pastor finding a backpack at the end of the church property. Picking it up the pastor was bringing it into the church.
Then a man yelled at Armstrong, saying that it was his backpack. The man then came up to the pastor and tried to pull the backpack away. There was a scuffle, as the pastor wouldn't let go.
Armstrong told Tucson News Now that he ended up with a scrape on his arm and the man was cited by the Tucson Police Department for trespassing.
On Monday, Aug. 13, even more trouble at the church as Tucson police arrested six people - one woman and five men. They were arrested on the church property and had been living in a wash.
According to investigators, the people arrested were part of a crime spree that took place over 18 months, leading to between 50 to 60 crimes.