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.”

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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.”

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

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{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.

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