Union County Deputies are investigating after they say a teen robbed a nine-year-old boy selling lemonade around 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
Police in Monroe, North Carolina, say the boy was approached by a teenager who stuck a gun in his stomach, demanded money and fled on foot. 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. "Deputies believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery".
Neighbours told WCNC-TV that the boy's organic lemonade stand is well known in the neighbourhood, and that he is an entrepreneur who also mows lawns in the community. "That one takes it to a new level".
The 9-year-old set up his lemonade stand again at the neighborhood pool on Sunday and did a brisk business, Smith said.
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"He's always so happy", neighbor Amber Huyck said.
Mr Smith said that his son will continue to sell lemonade, but with added safety precautions. "He didn't really have a whole lot of words".
"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". "We're going to keep selling lemonade".
Those with information that might assist detectives in this matter should contact the Union County Sheriff's Office or Union County Crimestoppers.