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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 5:50 pm | Updated: 10:31 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Valley pastor was forced into his church Saturday night, tied up and robbed of his wallet and money, and then left there as two suspects took off with his car, police said.

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Pastor Jose Bahena-Estrada was able to escape and call 911 around 9:20 p.m. Phoenix police officers responded to the call at 2413 W. Buckeye Road.

The two suspects, Omar Jimenez, 22, and Rudolfo Alvardo-Rubio, 42, were booked into Maricopa County Sheriff's Office jail, each with one count of kidnapping, one count of armed robbery and one count auto theft.

Pastor Bahena-Estrada told officers that he was approached by two men when he was working in the parking lot outside of his church before they forced him inside.

Gila River police informed Phoenix police Sunday morning that they had stopped a stolen vehicle matching that of the pastor's, containing the two suspects and also another person.

The two original suspects were taken into custody by Phoenix police where they were interviewed and admitted to armed robbery, kidnapping and stealing the pastor's vehicle, according to police.

The third person in the vehicle was not involved in the kidnapping and robbery of the pastor but was booked on other unrelated charges, police said.

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