Posted on February 8, 2016

8-Year-Old Boy Attempts to Hold up Grocery Store in West Palm Beach

Jason Hackett and Tania Rogers, WPTV, February 6, 2016

A store clerk at King Foods and Meat Bazaar was shaken up over what he saw Wednesday evening.

In the store’s surveillance video, you see an 8-year-old boy walk in.

“He went through the entry door and very quietly, very confidently,” the clerk says. “He was wearing like a motorcycle helmet, and he was wearing a sweater over his mouth. He was only showing his eyes.”


The boy walked up to the cashier–and pointed a gun hidden underneath a sweater.

“He told the cashier ‘give me the f-ing money.'”

The clerk and another employee quickly sprung into action.

“All of a sudden I’m so shocked. I don’t know if it’s a real gun or if it’s a fake gun, but my priority is to take it away from him because I don’t know.”

“I just turned his wrist and took it out from his hand. At that point, another coworker of mine grabbed him.”


Investigators tell us the boy stole the gun from his mother.


{snip}  The boy was charged with attempted armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault.  However, the state has decided not to press charges.

The child must attend a diversion program and has been ordered to stay away from the convenience store. If he doesn’t comply the state could reinstate the charges.