9-year-old's lemonade stand robbed at gunpoint in North Carolina

Posted at 7:39 AM, Aug 06, 2018

Police in North Carolina are searching for a suspect that allegedly robbed a boy's lemonade stand at gunpoint.

The Charlotte Observer reports that a 9-year-old boy was selling lemonade in Monroe, a suburb of Charlotte, on Sunday afternoon. The boy was approached by a teenager wearing a camouflage hat and a black shirt.

The teen stuck a handgun in the boy's stomach and demanded that he hand over the money he made. He fled the scene after receiving the money. 

The Observer reports that less than $20 was stolen.

WCNC-TV reports that a black BB gun, a camouflage cap and a metal tin were found in the woods near the scene. Police could not confirm that the items belonged to the suspect, but they say it seems likely.

According to WCNC, the boy returned to selling lemonade soon after the incident. By the end of the day, neighborhood residents had helped him raise $256. The money will reportedly go toward the purchase of a riding lawnmower.


Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.