The boy, a 13-year-old Putnam Street resident, was charged with robbery, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon and criminal trespassing.
At 1 a.m. Monday, Walmart employees frantically called police regarding a robbery in progress, according to a Perkins police report.
A clerk later told officers she observed the boy—who was recently banned from Walmart property for another incident— walking out the door with an open Coke. She asked if he paid for it, and when the boy said “no,” asked if he wanted to return it or hand over payment. The boy then pulled a knife out of his pocket, unfolded it and turned back toward her, the report said.
The employee backed away, and the boy took off running. When police arrived, they found him hopping a guardrail behind a nearby hotel and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, as he was still carrying the open blade, the report said.
Officers quickly recognized the child from an Aug. 9 foot pursuit in the same plaza. During that incident, the boy was charged with receiving stolen property, obstruction and disorderly conduct after he allegedly stole a pellet gun and ran from police, according to the report.
Once in custody, the child admitted to stealing the knife and a Nike gift card from Meijer earlier that day. A loss prevention officer with Walmart also identified the soda and a pack of cigars in the boy’s possession as originating from their store, the report said.
The boy was arrested and taken to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.