NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - An 11-year-old boy was jailed after police say he used a BB gun to try to rob a man Wednesday.
The incident took place at about 7:45 a.m. at Short and Forshey streets.
Police said the 39-year-old male victim was walking his dog when he was approached by the boy who had his face covered with a gray sweatshirt. The suspect proceeded to ask the victim for directions and then asked for money.
Once the victim began giving directions and said he didn't have any money, the suspect produced a black handgun from his waistband and demanded that the victim empty his pockets. The victim disarmed the juvenile, who then fled on foot.
The victim then followed the suspect to the Magnolia Discount store in the 3400 block of S. Carrollton Avenue. While at the store, the victim called police and gave a description of the suspect, saying he was standing at a bus stop Carrollton Avenue and Forshey Street.
Officers canvassing the area spotted a juvenile subject and detained him. The victim was able to positively identify the suspect as the juvenile who tried to rob him.
The weapon used in the incident was a BB handgun that was a replica of a real handgun. The boy was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and booked with one count of attempted armed robbery.
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