LANCASTER – Two teens were arrested Sunday morning, just minutes after they tried to rob a Lancaster clothing store at gunpoint, authorities said.
One suspect was detained inside the store by the shopkeeper and his son; and the second suspect was arrested right outside the store by a deputy, who just happened to be patrolling the strip mall and saw the man with a gun, according to Lt. Wainie of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, when an 18-year-old man with a handgun and his 14-year-old accomplice entered Family Fashion, located in the 1000 Block of East Avenue J, Wainie said.
“They held the store owner at gunpoint and started loading up duffle bags of clothing,” Wainie said.
It was unclear how, but Wainie said the owner and his son managed to detain the 14-year-old boy, while the 18-year-old walked out of the store.
“Deputies happened to be patrolling that strip mall and saw the guy exiting… with the gun in his hand,” Wainie said.
Both suspects were taken into custody. The 18-year-old, identified as Christopher Rainey, was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station on $50,000 bail.