Boy, 9, robbed at gunpoint while selling lemonade

Boy, 9, robbed at gunpoint while selling lemonade

Boy, 9, robbed at gunpoint while selling lemonade

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.

He may have hidden a bicycle in the woods and cycled away after the robbery, the sheriff's office said.

"The suspect allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy's stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot", the office stated.

Phillip Smith, the boy's father, said he never thought something like this would happen in their neighborhood.

"I've never heard of a lemonade stand robbery", said Tony Underwood, Union County Sheriff's Office chief communications officer.

David Smith was selling cool drinks in his North Carolina housing development to raise money for his landscaping business. 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. "In today's world, people are very bold", he said.

Neighbour 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.

The young boy was back selling lemonade Sunday.

If anyone has any information you're asked to call Union County Crime Stoppers.

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