It was 2pm on Wednesday afternoon when police say two thugs walked through an unlocked door of a church and demanded money from a deacon working in the basement.
Police say, when he refused, they beat him up, took his money and took off.
Shaniqua Smith says she is appalled by the attack. "I live on this block, so this is very emotional for me. It's touching home, literally touching home," she said, shaking her head.
The violent robbery happened at Glover Memorial Baptist Church on Dean Street in the Ocean Hill area of Brooklyn.
Walter Lamb is a leader at the New Frontier Baptist Church right next door. He says he knows the deacon who was attacked and says the young man, in his late 30's, also plays the organ at services.
"He's a very nice guy. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person," Lamb told PIX 11 News.
Police say the guys who got away are in their late teens. A day after the attack, officers canvass the community, looking for clues and hanging wanted posters with sketches of the suspects.
While people we talked with did not recognize the suspects, they hope cops catch them quickly.
Meanwhile, Lamb says he has plans to install security cameras at this church.
"Nothing is sacred anymore. It is a shame, I guess the recession is so bad, people will do anything to make a dollar," said Lamb.
If you recognize the men in the sketches, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.