9-year-old arrested, investigated for attempted armed robbery - Tucson News Now

9-year-old arrested, investigated for attempted armed robbery

The Chevron station on Middle Street The Chevron station on Middle Street
Victor Bakke Victor Bakke
Faleiva Augafa Faleiva Augafa
April Fermin April Fermin
KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police are investigating a troubling case.  A nine-year-old boy is accused of trying to rob a store with a knife all while he was walking to school.

The crime scene was at the Chevron station on Middle Street in Kalihi which is right around the corner from the elementary school where the child is a student.

Kids get cravings for food but a nine year old boy is accused of taking it too far.  Sources say Wednesday morning he walked into the mini mart at the Chevron carrying a steak knife.  He threatened the clerk and went to the freezer looking for Dibbs ice cream, but it was empty.  He did not go to the other freezer or demand cash.  Instead ran out of the store.

The clerk actually thought he was younger than nine because he was such a little guy.  Surveillance video caught the whole thing on camera. The boy was identified and arrested a few hours later at Fern Elementary School.

"It's frightening that a child that young would act that way in such an adult manner and such a criminal manner," said Victor Bakke, Criminal Defense Attorney. 

Authorities can't recall a kid so young doing something so bold.  It is a class A felony, the highest type of robbery.  However lawyers say he will be classified as a person in need of supervision.

"It's not quite like they do in a juvenile case, he's not going to be thrown into prison but they will put him in intensive services and try to find out what's going on," said Bakke.  "The knife though and the weapon and going into a store is cause for concern."

Since the incident did not happen at school and he did not bring the knife on campus he won't be expelled.  The school says it will counsel the boy and try to guide him in the right direction.

The case is concerning to the public.

"It's a sad case because you don't know where their influence is coming from, the upbringing or who they are around all the time.  Maybe he's hungry and doesn't have anything to eat at night and it's kind of sad, really sad," said Faleiva Augafa, parent.

"As a society we shouldn't judge the kid. We should help him in a way to show him the right things to do," said April Fermin, Kalihi Resident. "He wanted some food but didn't have the money to get it.  What he sees around him or what he sees in the media I think it seeped into his mind and I don't think he knew it was the right thing to do."

The boy was released pending investigation.  Sources say authorities have spoken with the family.  The main concern is working with the entire family because if he is doing this at nine they don't want anything worse when he is 19.

"If he continues down this path he's not going to make it to 18 before he ends up in prison," said Bakke. 

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved

  • Local newsMore>>

  • What's For Lunch: Brunch at the Lodge on The Desert and Cielos

    What's For Lunch: Brunch at the Lodge on The Desert and Cielos

    Monday, October 23 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-10-23 19:48:23 GMT

    Chef David joined us from Lodge on The Desert and Cielos for our What’s For Lunch Segment.  We talked about their fabulous brunch buffet and made a delicious dish from their dinner menu.

    Chef David joined us from Lodge on The Desert and Cielos for our What’s For Lunch Segment.  We talked about their fabulous brunch buffet and made a delicious dish from their dinner menu.

  • 'Actions Speak Louder' benefit concert held in downtown Tucson

    'Actions Speak Louder' benefit concert held in downtown Tucson

    Monday, October 23 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-10-23 15:39:39 GMT
    Source: KOLDSource: KOLD

    Local musicians took the stage in downtown Tucson on Saturday night for a benefit concert to help the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria. It’s all for the "Actions Speak Louder" concert. Organizers said after seeing all of the recent tragedies, they felt compelled to do something to make a difference. 58 people lost their lives in the mass shooting at a country concert in Las Vegas.

    Local musicians took the stage in downtown Tucson on Saturday night for a benefit concert to help the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

  • Hearings begin for TEP solar rate case

    Hearings begin for TEP solar rate case

    Monday, October 23 2017 9:39 AM EDT2017-10-23 13:39:55 GMT

    TEP’s rate case will go before the Arizona Corporation Commission starting Monday, Oct. 23. The utility is asking for increased rates for new solar customers, claiming the new rates would reflect the current solar market. TEP said those affected would see a $14 increase on their monthly bill, but would still see an $85 monthly savings by going solar. But many solar activists are not onboard with this idea, saying the new rates are TEP?...

    TEP’s rate case will go before the Arizona Corporation Commission starting Monday, Oct. 23. The utility is asking for increased rates for new solar customers, claiming the new rates would reflect the current solar market. TEP said those affected would see a $14 increase on their monthly bill, but wou

Powered by Frankly