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Boy, 12, arrested for carrying out armed robbery at a Hartford Michigan gas station

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Wild moment when 12-year-old holds up a Michigan gas station: Boy points gun at cashier and fires warning shot after asking ‘if he’s serious’

  • 12-year-old boy can be seen on surveillance video walking into a gas station
  • He demands that female cashier hand over money from the till to him
  • Cashier asks the youngster if he is serious before shooting a bullet in the ceiling
  • The woman takes a bag of money and hands it to the boy who tells him, “Go away!”
  • The boy was arrested shortly afterwards and is in custody until his interrogation
  • Charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and firing a firearm

A youth was caught on surveillance cameras holding up a Michigan gas station while demanding the cash from the cashier.

Footage shows the skinny 12-year-old quietly waiting in line in the city of Hartford, with his hand in his backpack as a customer pays him for gas.

When he is first in line, he takes a gun from his black bag and demands money.

“Put the money in the bag!” the boys say calmly. The cashier appears incredulous at the request at first, asking him, “Are you serious?”

You see a 12-year-old boy quietly waiting in line before carrying out the robbery

The boy pulls a gun on the female cashier, Jessica, who is working behind the counter

The boy pulls a gun on the female cashier, Jessica, who is working behind the counter

To make sure she considers his request legitimate, the boy fires a bullet into the ceiling.

The woman behind the counter recoils, but then takes a bag of money from the safe and quickly hands it to the child with the command, “Go away!”

When the boy leaves, he tries to reload his gun, but it freezes. One of the shells falls to the ground.

The child then quietly walks out as if nothing had happened.

Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, 911 emergency centers received the call about the armed robbery at the Marathon gas station on East Main Street — just a block from the police station.

Moments later, the boy was arrested by the police.

Hartford Police Chief Tressa Beltran picked him up without incident and was charged Thursday in the Van Buren County family court with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and discharge a firearm.

The cashier cringes when she asks if the boy is really serious about his intentions

The cashier cringes when she asks if the boy is really serious about his intentions

The youngster then fired a bullet directly into the ceiling

The youngster then fired a bullet directly into the ceiling

Officers believe the child told another student at his school about his plan to carry out the armed robbery before removing the weapon from his grandfather’s locked safe.

The grandfather, the child’s legal guardian, told police he was unaware his grandson had access to the safe.

A sign on his front door read: ‘No comment at this time, no photos. I have to live in this city and I need sleep.’

The boy, who attends Hartford Middle School, is currently in custody at the Allegan County Juvenile Center and will remain there until a hearing later this month.

“I thought he was a kid, not even 10 years old,” the store clerk, named Jessica, told me News channel 3.

The cashier takes a blue bag from the safe at the gas station with cash in it and hands it over

The cashier takes a blue bag from the safe at the gas station with cash in it and hands it over

The woman puts the money in the boy's backpack and says,

The woman puts the money in the boy’s backpack and says, “Go away!”

“He sounded way too calm. I seriously thought it was a joke until I heard the gun go off.

“Part of me wanted to hold the kid because he’s in so much trouble, it’s hard to feel bad when he did something like that,” Jessica said.

“I always thought if I got robbed I would give them the money, no amount of money is worth my life.”

Police say the boy has not given any reason as to why he committed the robbery.

“Every day I see something new on this job. I have been a full time police officer for 38 years. What really baffled me is that he showed no emotion,” said Hartford Lt. Mike Prince.

“He told us he wasn’t in it for the money. He said he would have thrown the money down the sewer. He wouldn’t give us an explanation as to why he did it.’

The robbery can be seen from a different angle with the boy in the top left of the photo

The robbery can be seen from a different angle with the boy in the top left of the photo

The Marathon gas station is just around the corner from a police station

The Marathon gas station is just around the corner from a police station

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