WALLINGFORD — A 16-year-old faces charges after police said he tried to rob a local gas station using an airsoft rifle late Tuesday night.
The incident occurred at Citgo Food Bag, 326 S. Colony Road, around 11:40 p.m. The teen pointed what appeared to be an “assault rifle” at a clerk and demanded money, police said. The clerk persuaded the teen not to follow through with the robbery and he ran off north on South Colony Road (Route 5) wearing a black sweatshirt and gray camouflage mask.
Officers found the suspect in the area of Quinnipiac and Washington Streets with what appeared to be the barrel of a rifle sticking out of his backpack, police said. Officers apprehended him and determined the item was an airsoft rifle.
The 16-year-old was charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery, breach of peace and carrying a dangerous weapon. He was scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Wednesday.
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