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Robbery at Sacramento Hindu temple halted by congregant

An armed robber tore necklaces from the necks of women on the grounds of a Hindu house of worship in Sacramento earlier this week before fleeing, according to a temple administrator.

The robbery at Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 7495 Elder Creek Road, occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday when a man with his shirt pulled up over his mouth to disguise himself entered a building on the property.

He demanded money. Sacramento police said he ripped jewelry from temple members.

“That is when one of our devotees, Govind Prasad, tried to protect the ladies. He knocked him with a chair,” said Surendra Singh, temple administrator. “The man then ran away.”

Singh said the temple will install more security cameras. Police said the robbery was not a hate crime.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews