Teenager robs 9-year-old working his lemonade stand

Mark and his lemonade stand

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (KXAN) — Police in North Carolina are searching for a teenager who robbed a 9-year-old boy of his lemonade stand earnings.

Mark told WCNC he was closing up his organic lemonade stand in Union County when the suspect walked up to him and shoved a gun in his stomach. The suspect demanded Mark’s money and then took off running.

“I was thinking what is wrong with this guy? He pointed the gun at my stomach and I thought nobody has ever robbed a lemonade stand with a gun,” Mark said.

While authorities haven’t found the suspect, they did find a camouflage hat, a BB gun and a stolen metal tin in a wooded area nearby. 

“People are capable of a lot of things, but not robbing a child at a lemonade stand that takes it to a new level,” Union County Sheriff spokesperson Tony Underwood said. 

Mark was selling lemonade to raise money to buy a riding lawn mower to start his mowing business. Even though the suspect made off with his cash, Mark still got his lawnmower. After hearing about his story, Lowe’s donated a lawnmower to kick off Mark’s new business.

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