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Springhill teen arrested for attempted armed robbery

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SPRINGHILL, La - A 14-year-old Springhill boy is facing a felony charge after allegedly attempting to rob a convenience store at gunpoint Monday.

The teen, whose name is not being released because of his age, was arrested at his home by Springhill Police on one count of attempted robbery Tuesday following a brief investigation.

According to Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd, the teen entered the Taylor Stop and Shop on Main Street just before 10:30 p.m. Monday wearing a black hoodie with a black bandana on his face and produced a weapon. Lynd says the boy then demanded the store’s cash from the clerk. 

“He hit the clerk on the head with the gun,” Lynd said. “He did not get any money.” 

Lynd added that during the failed robbery, the clerk began screaming, which alerted other individuals inside the bar, which is connected to the store. He says upon the arrival of the individuals the suspect pointed his weapon at them before fleeing the establishment.

The clerk was transported to Springhill Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police say during questioning Tuesday, the teen confessed to attempting to rob the store. The gun suspected of being used in the incident was found at the suspect’s home Tuesday.  According to authorities the teen apparently used an Airsoft pellet gun to hold up the store.  According to gun manufacturers, most Airsoft pellet (BB) guns are nearly identical replicas of actual guns. 

“It looked just like a real gun,” Lynd said. “If he had pulled that gun on me I probably would have shot him because it looked just like the real thing. The clerk had no idea it was an airsoft pellet gun.” 

Lynd says he is thankful that this incident did not result in tragedy.

“This was an incident that clearly could’ve been avoided, but turned out to be fortunate that neither the clerk nor patrons of the business nor the young man who committed the crime were injured,” Lynd said. 

The case was solved in less than one day of the crime being committed by pairing the expertise of authorities with the testimonies of witnesses and the store’s surveillance video. 

“I can’t say enough of how proud I am of Springhill Police Department's patrol officer and detectives in solving this crime in less than 24 hours."

The child remains in custody at Ware Youth Center in Coushatta, according to Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd.

It is unclear if the teen has an attorney.
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