Boy, 9, robbed at gunpoint while selling lemonade


A nine-year-old boy selling lemonade was robbed at gunpoint for $20 in an act that has shocked police.

The child told police he was operating his lemonade stand in the US state of North Carolina on Saturday afternoon when a teenage boy placed a handgun to his stomach and demanded money.

Union County police spokesman Tony Underwood told reporters the thief stole the boy’s metal money tin with less than $20 in it.

A nine-year-old boy selling lemonade was robbed at gunpoint for $20. Source: Getty, file

“You think of a child as young as this being robbed at a lemonade stand – just when you think you’ve heard it all, something else will surprise you,” he told WSOCTV.

“That one takes it to a new level.”

The victim, who was not physically hurt, told police the thief was wearing a camouflage hat and a black shirt during the robbery, just before 3pm local time.

Shortly after the robbery police found a camouflage hat, a black BB handgun and stolen metal tin with no money in it, stashed in some nearby trees. 

Police are still searching for the youth responsible.

With AP