Knife-wielding youth robs his neighbors |

Knife-wielding youth robs his neighbors

A 15-year-old boy wielding a butcher knife reportedly tried robbing his Lake Wildwood neighbors Sunday night. When the neighbors refused to give him money, he allegedly demanded alcohol.

According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the boy ran off with a bottle of vodka before being caught a short time later and being arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

The incident occurred shortly before 9:40 p.m. Sunday on the 11300 block of Ringtail Road, when the neighbors reported it to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Lee Osborne said.

“He knocked on the door,” Osborne said. “When they opened the door, he brandished a knife.”

The victims told officers that the knife was 12 inches long. Osborne said the neighbors did not recognize the suspect at the time. After the suspect asked for money, the victims refused to give him any and instead gave him the alcohol. He ran off with the bottle, Osborne said.

“The people were able to give us a good description of the young man and what he was wearing,” Osborne said.

Deputies also found a bottle of prescription medicine that belonged to the suspect’s brother outside of the couple’s home. Osborne said it is believed the suspect dropped the bottle on his way out.

Deputies found out that the boy lived near the alleged victims and arrested him without further incident.

Osborne said he does not believe the robbery is connected to a rash of recent burglaries and thefts in the gated community.

“We have no information that connects them,” he said.

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