9-Year-Old NC Boy Selling Lemonade Robbed at Gunpoint, Deputies Say


Authorities believe the teen left a bicycle and walked to the lemonade stand before the robbery.

The stickup happened Saturday steps from the boy's home in Monroe, about 30 miles southeast of Charlotte. "You know, I think people are capable of a lot of things but not robbing a child at a lemonade stand".

A 9-year-old boy whose lemonade stand was robbed at gunpoint is the happy new owner of a riding lawnmower.

"It's pretty low, despicable in my book and I can't believe someone would stoop that low to steal money from him", said the boys father.

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.

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His family is not letting this incident ruin his dream. "Criminals are very bold".

The 9-year-old set up his lemonade stand again at the neighborhood pool on Sunday and did brisk business, Smith said. He said a camouflage hat and BB pistol found along with a metal cash box was found in some nearby woods and could be checked for fingerprints and DNA.

The suspect hasn't been located.

Anyone with information should call the Union County Sheriff's Office at 704-283-3789 or Union County Crimestoppers at 704-283-5600.