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July 31, 2013

Boy, 12, accused of holding up lemonade stand with BB gun

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A 12-year-old boy is in trouble with the law after police said he robbed a lemonade stand with a BB gun.

Johnstown police Sgt. Patrick Goggin said officers Monday evening after the 12-year-old approached a 10-year-old boy who was operating a lemonade stand.

"He had what appeared to be a handgun in his pocket," Goggin said. That weapon later turned out to be a BB gun.

The 12-year-old boy then threatened to shoot the other boy if he didn’t hand over the money, Goggin said.

"They got into a wrestling match over the money box," he said.

The alleged robber made off with $30, but not before tearing apart the lemonade stand.

Three other children ages 8, 10 and 13 witnessed the incident and helped police track down the 12-year-old.

"He ran home with the other kids chasing him," Goggin said.

Police said they found him at his home nearby. The boy will be charged in juvenile court.

Details for this story were provided by The Tribune Democrat in Johnstown, Pa.

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