Authorities are looking for a robbery suspect that's just 11 years old. According to Fox 40, authorities in Stockton, California are investigating the incident involving a child suspect that took place at an ARCO gas station earlier this week. The suspect pointed a gun at a female employee's face and demanded money from the cash register.
"It's just very sad to see someone this young try to do something like this," another station employee, James Ratto, said. He shared that the employee didn’t open the cash register. She yelled for the attention of another co-worker, and that's when the suspect left.
The male suspect escaped by riding off on his skateboard. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie and a purple bandana hiding his face. He carried a black and white backpack.
The incident was caught on surveillance tape.
Employees hope that the suspect doesn't continue a life of crime.
Ratto shared, "We can always see what happens in this store. I'm sure this was his first time thinking of doing it. Hopefully he doesn't try to do it again."
The police are also surprised.
"Anytime you have a case involving a young child and a gun, that's concerning, but what makes this case unique is how bold the suspect was,” said Joe Silva of the Stockton Police Department. He said that the parents could face charges.
Customers and people in the neighborhood weighed in with their disbelief as well.
"There should be no way a kid that age should have access to a firearm,” one customer noted.
Lui Mafi, who mentors young people through Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, wants to know about the suspect's family background before haranguing the child.
"My first question is how did he get the gun and how are we able to support?" Mafi said. "Before we pass judgment on an 11-year-old-boy, let's make sure we really understand what happened before he walked into that store and made the decision that he made."
Authorities at the Stockton Police Department are actively looking for the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stockton Police Department at 209-937-8377.
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