In North Carolina, a 9-year-old boy was held at gunpoint by a teen. The armed teen robbed the child, running away with $17. 

This took place at a roundabout in St. John’s Forest development. During the Saturday afternoon, around 3 p.m., the adolescent came up to the boy while wearing camouflage and pointed the gun at the child’s stomach. 

Philip Smith, the child’s dad, said, 

Never had an incident like this, never thought this would happen. It’s pretty low, despicable in my book. I can’t believe someone would stoop that low to steal money from him.”

According to officials, investigators found a camouflage hat, a black BB gun, and a metal tin near the crime scene. Tony Underwood, the chief communications officer at Union County Sheriff’s Office, commented, “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.”


The boy wanted to raise money to help pay for a new lawnmower. He’s been doing this for weeks and continued to do so after the incident. Smith said, 

We are being resilient and he came out here to sell some lemonade today just to be back at it and taking out time to process everything that happened. We kinda explained it to him that bad things do happen to good people and you never know when it’s going to happen to you. You just gotta pray and be glad that he is safe.”

As of now, police have not found the robber.