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Four Teens Charged in Armed Robbery Attempt

Four teenagers, ages 13 to 16, have been charged in an attempted armed robbery that occurred Saturday, and are suspects in as many as five other armed robberies.

According to a statement by Lumberton (North Carolina) police, the youths, ages 13, 14, 16 and 16, were arrested Saturday night after a failed armed robbery at the China Garden at 2743 W. Fifth St. inside the Lumber River Village Shopping Center. Their identities were not provided because of their age.

Police said two of the accused entered the restaurant at 10:34 PM, and one pointed a firearm at an employee and demanded money. When the employee ducked behind a counter, the gunman tried to use the weapon to force open the register but was unable to. The two then fled on foot. No money was taken.

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A responding police officer encountered the four running behind the shopping center. After a short foot chase and search of the area, the teens were taken into custody. Police say face masks and firearms used by the juveniles were seized… The Robesonian

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