Juvenile arrested after boy running lemonade stand robbed at gunpoint

North Carolina authorities on Wednesday arrested a juvenile they are saying robbed a 9-year-old lemonade vendor of $17 at gunpoint, a stickup that prompted an outpouring of sympathy and donations for the younger entrepreneur.

Tony Underwood, a spokesperson for the Union County Sheriff’s Workplace, mentioned detectives had obtained safety digital camera footage of an individual who matched the suspect’s description in an space close to the place the holdup occurred. Underwood mentioned a juvenile, recognized as a male within the company’s information launch, was arrested with out incident.

The suspect’s id was being withheld below North Carolina legislation. Detectives working with the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice obtained petitions charging the juvenile with theft with a harmful weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities mentioned.

A choose issued a safe custody order for the suspect. Underwood mentioned the order means the suspect shall be confined till his subsequent custody listening to in juvenile court docket.

Again at work Sunday

The younger vendor, whose first title is Mark, advised sheriff’s deputies he was held up at gunpoint Saturday whereas promoting lemonade at a visitors circle not removed from the doorway to his group in Monroe, about 50 kilometres southeast of Charlotte. Investigators subsequently mentioned they have been searching for a male suspect.

A enterprise card that one buyer collected from the lemonade stand mentioned Mark additionally works as a garden mower, canine walker {and professional} ring bearer.

An individual who responded to a textual content despatched to the phone quantity listed on Mark’s enterprise card mentioned Tuesday that the boy was promoting lemonade once more Sunday at a group pool and had collected greater than $250 in donations.

Residence-improvement chain Lowe’s subsequently gave the boy a brand new, $1,100 driving mower on Monday after spokesperson Sarah Full of life mentioned officers at the corporate’s headquarters close to Charlotte noticed information stories concerning the theft.

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