A 9-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint while selling lemonade in North Carolina on Saturday (Aug. 4), ABC News reports.
According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office in Monroe, N.C., the boy was on the phone with his father when he was approached by the suspect who pointed a gun at his stomach before demanding the money and taking off.
While police have not yet found the suspect, they have since recovered a camouflage hat, metal tin and “what turned out to be a BB handgun” in a nearby wooded area. The discovery was revealed by Tony Underwood, a spokesperson for the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect is believed to be a black teenage male who was wearing a cap and a black t-shirt at the time of the incident. “Deputies believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery.”
Though the police report revealed a total of $17 had been taken from the boy, the community has been extremely supportive of him, with a nearby Lowe’s donating a $1,100 lawnmower to the family.
“We watched the news over the weekend and heard neighbors were collecting money,” a Lowe’s spokesperson told ABC News. “We thought that was something Lowe’s could help with and contacted our Monroe, North Carolina, store to help surprise Mark on Monday morning.”