Hamilton Hill armed robbery leads police to charge 13-year-old boy

A 13-year-old boy — initially suspected of being an adult due to his large build — has been charged after he allegedly brandished a huge knife during a daylight robbery at a Hamilton Hill shop.

The armed hold-up, which left one worker “too scared” to go back to work, happened just after 9am on June 23, when the boy walked into the Ducks Deli Lunch Bar and allegedly pulled out a 30cm knife in front of two women behind the counter.

“(He had) a hoodie tied tight around his head so you could barely see his face, and a surgical mask,” Lily, who was one of the staff, told The West Australian.

“Then he got a knife out and pointed it at us. He held it up in one hand and held a bag up in the other and said ‘rob’. That’s all he said and then he ran past us and opened the cupboard with the cigarettes behind the counter.”

The 23-year-old said once the armed robber had his back turned to them, the two women ran out the front of the shop.

“We didn’t know what he was going to do next so we decided to run,” Lily said. “I was so scared.”

A 13-year-old boy — initially suspected of being an adult due to his large build — has been charged after he allegedly brandished a huge knife during a daylight robbery at a Hamilton Hill shop.
Camera IconA 13-year-old boy — initially suspected of being an adult due to his large build — has been charged after he allegedly brandished a huge knife during a daylight robbery at a Hamilton Hill shop. Credit: WA Police/supplied

After yelling at a passer-by to call the police, the pair locked the front door to try to stop the thief but he fled through the back door, reportedly with about $800 worth of cigarettes.

A 13-year-old boy was arrested by detectives from the Regional Investigations Unit on Wednesday and charged with one count of armed robbery.

He is due to appear in Perth Children’s Court on 17 July.

It was the second horrific ordeal that took place on Simms Road this year.

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