JPD: Teens charged after pulling gun on store customer

JPD: Teens charged after pulling gun on store customer

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two teens accused of stealing a box of cereal treats from a local store face felony robbery charges after Jonesboro police say they pulled a gun on a store customer who tried to stop them.

According to the initial incident report, the 12- and 16-year-old suspects were attempting to walk out of Dollar General, 4117 E. Highland, Saturday afternoon with a box of Fruity Pebble Treats when two employees stopped them.

Upon learning the police had been called, the suspects reportedly became "agitated," shoved one of the employees then ran out of the store.

As the two suspects ran past him, police say a customer tried to stop them by grabbing the younger one's backpack.

The child resisted the man's efforts and ran off, leaving behind the backpack and his sandals.

The customer told officers he chased the suspects out of the store, down Watts Street toward East Nettleton, until one of them stopped and pointed a "black handgun at him" and told him to stop or they would shoot him.

The reporting officer searched the backpack the suspect left in the store and found a folder with the suspect's name and address written on it. The officer also reported finding 5 or 6 BBs in the bottom of the bag.

Officers went to the address and spoke with the suspects' mother who gave them permission to search the boys' rooms, the report stated.

During the search, police said they found two BB gun magazines hidden on a shelf in the closet under a blanket.

"Throughout the whole investigation [both suspects] advised there was never a gun involved," the report said.

Officers arrested the two suspects, took them to the Juvenile Corrections Department and charged them with aggravated robbery.

The backpack, sandals, and BB gun magazines, as well as surveillance video from Dollar General, were placed into evidence.

A business owner down the street from the store was in shock

Mel Singh, owner of Jonesboro Sign Company said he always stays on the look out for crimes of this nature.

He said everyday he wonders if something like this will occur at his business.

"It makes us feel scared," Singh Said. "This isn't the 1st time this has happened. There's been several robberies there, and several robberies there. I think if we patrolled this area a little more, it would definitely help us out."

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