9-Year-Old North Carolina Boy’s Lemonade Stand Robbed at Gunpoint

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Deputies are looking for the teenage boy they say is responsible for robbing a 9-year-old boy's lemonade stand at gunpoint in Union County.

Officials say the teen allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy's stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot.

Investigators said they recovered a metal tin, camo hat and black BB gun in a wooded area near the neighborhood.

"I've never heard of a lemonade stand robbery", said Tony Underwood of the Union County Sheriff's Office on Sunday.

Neighbors told WSOC-TV in Charlotte that the boy went back out and began selling lemonade despite the robbery. "I'm often seeing the young man selling organic lemonade", Robert Pendleton added. "In today's world, people are very bold", he said.

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Officials believe the suspect, described as a black male in his teens, made his getaway on a bicycle after the robbery.

Almost every weekend the boy has been setting up his lemonade stand along a round-a-bout in the neighborhood so he could buy a new lawnmower for his other weekend business.

He said that nowadays, "Criminals are very bold" and that "this is a new low".

The boy's lemonade stand was near the roundabout at the entrance to the St. John's Forest development off Weddington Road, and a teenager approached the boy around 3 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

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