Arrest made in armed robbery of North Carolina boy’s lemonade stand



9-year-old robbed at gunpoint at his lemonade stand

9-year-old robbed at gunpoint by a teenager on his North Carolina lemonade stand.

The police in North Carolina have arrested a young man suspected of robbing a 9-year-old boy’s lemonade stand from $17 during the weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 46 the unknown teenager was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The young drink seller, only as Mark, was held at gunpoint Saturday, while he lemonade at a roundabout near the entrance to his community in Monroe. The police said that the suspect walked up to Mark, pointed a gun at his stomach and demanded he hand over the money he had earned.

The suspect fled the scene with the money. Researchers later discovered a camouflage hat, a metal tin and a black BB gun in a nearby wooded area.


Authorities told Fox 46 Wednesday that they obtained surveillance video shows a person matching the suspect description in the area of the robbery, allowing them to make an arrest.

Mark was planning to save the money to buy a lawn mower for his second job, mowing lawns, his father told Fox 46.

After seeing the news reports about the robbery, officials at the Lowe’s home improvement chain gave Mark a $1,100 ride-on mower on Monday. The headquarters of the company is in the Charlotte area.

A woman identified as Mark’s mother, told The Associated Press that her son sold lemonade on the shared pool, the day after the robbery and collected $256 in donations.

Fox News’ Katherine Lamb, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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