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N.C. Police Search For Armed Robber Who Stole From Child's Lemonade Stand

Law enforcement officers in Union County, N.C., are searching for the teenager who carried out the armed robbery of a child's lemonade stand over the weekend.

The 9-year-old was robbed around 3 p.m. on Saturday, in the town of Monroe.

"The suspect allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy's stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot," the Union County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Public information officer Tony Underwood tells NPR that the robber got away with $17.

The sheriff's office described the suspect as a "teenage black male wearing a camo hat and black shirt."

"While searching the area for the suspect, deputies located a trail in the woods where a camo hat, a black colored BB handgun and the stolen metal tin were recovered," the sheriff's office says. "Deputies believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery."

Local media outlets spoke to the child's father, Phillip Smith, who said his son ran the lemonade stand to raise money for a riding lawnmower — to use in his other business.

"Never had an incident like this, never thought this would happen," Smith told local TV station WJZY.

On Sunday, the 9-year-old was selling lemonade again — with his mom and dad this time. "We are being resilient," Smith told WJZY. "We kinda explained it to him that bad things do happen to good people."

Officers are continuing to follow leads in the case.

"We have been overwhelmed with calls, messages and requests from citizens all over the country wanting to donate funds and even [lawn]mowers to the child but still no arrests," Underwood tells NPR.

Neighbors have also rallied around the boy, raising $256 in donations toward a lawnmower, WCNC reported Sunday. The station identified the boy’s father as Phillip Smith.

***Update to this story*** 

Lowe's Home Improvement in Monroe, NC has given a brand new riding mower to this young man and his parents would like everyone to know that no further contributions are necessary or being requested. Any additional donations/contributions will be put into a college fund for their son. He would like to go to school to be a robotics engineer. 


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NEWS RELEASE August 8, 2018
For Immediate Release
Lemonade Stand Robber In Custody
Union County Sheriff’s Deputies have identified and arrested the suspect involved in Saturday’s lemonade stand robbery occurring near the roundabout in St. John’s Forest. Detectives obtained security camera footage depicting an individual matching the suspect’s description in close proximity to the robbery. This footage proved instrumental in helping detectives identify the suspect. The suspect is a juvenile under North Carolina law and therefore his identity is not
eligible for release. Detectives, working with the NC Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) obtained petitions charging him with Robbery with a Dangerous
Weapon as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In addition, a secure custody order was issued for the suspect, meaning he will be confined until his next custody hearing in juvenile court. Sheriff Eddie Cathey commented, “I am very proud of the work our deputies and detectives did to identify the suspect in this case. They have worked tirelessly to bring closure for the victim, his family and the St. John’s Forest community.”
Point of contact for this press release is Chief Communications Officer Tony Underwood,
704-292-2707.
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