Deputies seek armed teen who held up boy’s lemonade stand

Frederick Owens
August 7, 2018

The boy had less than $20 in cash on him, Union County spokesman Tony Underwood told WSOC.

Because who would ever imagine a lemonade stand armed robbery?

A teenager who held up a North Carolina lemonade stand for $17 was still at large Monday, and authorities said they hoped to track him through surveillance footage and possible DNA and fingerprint tests.

Officials said they believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery took place.

According to the boy's father, Philip Smith, the robbery occurred at about 3pm on Saturday afternoon in front of their house in the St John's Forest neighborhood of Monroe.

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The teenager allegedly shoved a gun toward the boy's stomach and demanded money before running away, the sheriff's office said.

"We are being resilient and he came out here to sell some lemonade today just to be back at it and taking out time to process everything that happened", said Smith.

The 9-year-old set up his lemonade stand again at the neighbourhood pool on Sunday and did a brisk business, Smith said.

Deputies found the camo hat and a BB handgun stashed in a wood near the residential tract and are asking the public's help in tracking down the suspect.

If anyone has any information you're asked to call Union County Crime Stoppers.

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