17-year-old faces charges in South Haven armed robbery

2014-04-15T19:48:00Z 2014-04-15T23:25:05Z 17-year-old faces charges in South Haven armed robberyTimes staff nwitimes.com
April 15, 2014 7:48 pm  • 

SOUTH HAVEN | A Gary teen has been waived to adult court and charged with last month's robbery of the Family Express gas station.

Brian Harper, 17, faces a Class B felony charge and was booked into the Porter County Jail on Monday.

According to court documents, police were called about 11:33 p.m. March 29 to Family Express on U.S. 6 in South Haven .

The clerk told police a male came in to the store, used the restroom then walked to the counter, pulled a semiautomatic pistol and pointed it at her.

The clerk told police he demanded money, then threatened to kill her because he didn't get enough money. After she begged him not to kill her he demanded three packs of cigarettes, which he received. He then left the store.

Police said Harper and his parents went to the Portage Police Department along with a detective from Lake Station.

According to court documents, Harper told police he was under the influence of alcohol and was looking for money on the night of the robbery.

He told police the weapon he used was a BB gun that looked like a Berretta Model 92 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.

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