9-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand Robbed at Gunpoint in North Carolina

Deputies looking for teen accused of robbing 9-year-old North Carolina boy’s lemonade stand at gunpoint

The boy was selling lemonade in Monroe, about 25 miles from Charlotte, when a teen approached him and pointed a handgun at the child's stomach, demanded money, and then ran away, said the Union County Sheriff's Office in a news release on August 5.

The money that he raised after the robbery will be used to buy a riding lawnmower, his father said.

"I think people are capable of a lot of things but not robbing a child at a lemonade stand, that takes it to a new level", Sheriff's spokesman Tony Underwood told Fox 46.

Luckily, the child escaped unharmed.

The child told police he was operating his lemonade stand in the U.S. state of North Carolina on Saturday afternoon when a teenage boy placed a handgun to his stomach and demanded money.

On Sunday, the 9-year-old was selling lemonade again - with his mom and dad this time. While searching the wooded area by the stand law enforcement found "the hat, black BB handgun", and the metal tin container in which the nine-year-old boy kept proceeds from lemonade sales. They said that he relocated the lemonade stand to another location.

Neighbor Kelly Smith said she noticed the boy's stand with its yellow sign offering "organic lemonade" at a traffic roundabout at the entrance to her planned community as she left to pick up her daughter at taekwondo class.

Those with information that might assist detectives in this matter should contact the Union County Sheriff's Office or Union County Crimestoppers.

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