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Girl, 15, tried to rob 7/11 with unloaded gun, police say

  • Written by Laura Bollin

A 15-year-old Worth girl's alleged attempt to rob a Chicago Ridge convenience store with an unloaded handgun gun last Saturday was reportedly foiled when a police officer arrived at the scene.

The girl, whose name has not been released by police because she is a minor, is charged with armed robbery, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm by a minor after her alleged attempt to hold up a clerk at 7/11, 10658 Ridgeland Ave.

The girl walked to the store just before 10 p.m. May 11 and pulled an unloaded Colt 45 revolver out of her purse and pointed it at the male clerk, police said. A Chicago Ridge police officer reportedly pulled his squad car into the lot at 10:02 p.m., and then entered the store.

The clerk reportedly told the officer that when he arrived the girl placed a gun in her purse and was trying to rob the store. The officer tried to grab the girl's purse, to which she responded by kicking him in the groin and punching him, police said. The officer, who sustained minor injuries including scrapes on his hands, reportedly held the girl down until other officers arrived.

The girl pointing the gun at the clerk and placing in her purse, and the officer intervening were captured on a surveillance video, police said.

The girl was released to her mother and was scheduled to appear in juvenile court Monday in Chicago to determine if a crime was committed, and a detention shelter care hearing to determine if she would be put in juvenile custody, police said. The results of the hearing are pending a Cook County state's attorney's review and could take weeks, police said.

Police did not comment on whether the girl had any prior criminal charges or convictions.