Teen arrested for robbing 9-year-old's lemonade stand at gunpoint

Teen arrested for robbing 9-year-old's lemonade stand at gunpoint

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A teen was arrested Wednesday for the armed robbery of a 9-year-old boy's lemonade stand in Union County.

According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, the teen was identified through security camera footage at a location nearby the initial robbery.

The teen's identity will not be released due to him being a juvenile.

Deputies said the robbery happened near the entrance to St. John's Forest in Monroe around 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

There was a report of an armed robbery involving a 9-year-old boy selling lemonade.

The boy was approached by a teenage black male wearing a camo hat and black shirt.

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Officials say the teen stuck a black handgun to the boy's stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot.

Authorities located a trail in the woods where a camo hat, a black colored BB handgun and stolen metal tin were recovered.

The teen left a bicycle and walked to the lemonade stand before the robbery. Police say the thief made off with $17, and the 9-year-old was not hurt.

The 9-year-old boy was back selling lemonade Sunday.

The teen is being charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition, a secure custody order was issued, meaning he will be confined until his next custody hearing in juvenile court.

"I am very proud of the work our deputies and detectives did to identify the suspect in this case," Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. They have worked tirelessly to bring closure for the victim, his family and the St. John's Forest community."

Citizens with information concerning the criminal activity are encouraged to call Union County Sheriff's Office at 704-283-3789 or Union County Crimestoppers at 704-283-5600.

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