Juvenile Charged With Robbing Union County Boy at Gunpoint While Running Lemonade Stand
The Union County Sheriff’s Office has charged a juvenile with robbing a 9-year-old boy at gunpoint Saturday afternoon.
Investigators say the suspect was identified using security camera video taken near where the crime occurred. The individual seen in the video reportedly matched the description given by the victim.
The suspect is charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Original Story – August 5, 2018
UNION COUNTY, N.C. – Terrifying moments for a young boy who says he was robbed at gunpoint while operating a lemonade stand Saturday afternoon.
The child told Union County Deputies a teenager stuck a gun to his stomach and demanded money.
“I’m still kind of in disbelief. Kinda blew my mind yesterday that something could happen like that,” says the boy’s father Phillip Smith.
Smith says his nine-year-old son is shaken up, but resilient.
The weapon turned out to be a BB gun, but the child didn’t know that when it happened.
He told police he was alone selling the lemonade at a roundabout down the street from his house in the St. John’s Forest subdivsion.
The teen suspect approached wearing a camo hat and a black shirt. He pointed the gun at the boy’s stomach then stole a metal tin where he was keeping money.
“Yeah it was shocking. Never thought in a million years that would happen to us,” Smith says.
Police found the BB gun and other evidence in the woods nearby.
Smith didn’t want us to show his son on camera to protect his privacy, but the boy was back out again selling lemonade Sunday, this time with his parents.
He says the boy runs a lawn mowing business and is saving up to buy a riding mower.
“Back at it and taking our time to kinda process everything that happened,” Smith says.
Investigators haven’t identified the suspect, but are working with surveillance video from nearby homes.
Tony Underwood with the Union County Sheriff’s Office says he’s never heard of anything like this.
“I think people are capable of a lot of things. But not robbing a child at a lemonade stand. That one takes it to a new level,” Underwood says.
Investigators say the suspect only got away with $17.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Union County Sheriff’s Office or Union County CrimeStoppers.