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Teen accused of robbing two stores claims he did it to avoid being raped

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The 17-year-old boy dropped a bombshell in court, saying he was forced to commit the crimes or an unidentified man would rape him again and rob his uncle. The 17-year-old boy dropped a bombshell in court, saying he was forced to commit the crimes or an unidentified man would rape him again and rob his uncle.
On Sunday around 10 a.m. in the morning, police say the same suspect held up Hermie's Party Shop in the 1800 block of St. Johns Road. On Sunday around 10 a.m. in the morning, police say the same suspect held up Hermie's Party Shop in the 1800 block of St. Johns Road.

A Lima teenager accused of robbing two convenience stores in 48 hours is being held in juvenile detention Tuesday night. He was arrested after the second robbery, in which he exchanged gunfire with a store clerk. Now authorities are trying to figure out what led up to these crimes, and who has custody of the 17-year-old boy. Jeff Cook was in court for the detention hearing.

Judge Glenn Derryberry ordered the teen robbery suspect to remain in custody. He's being held at the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center, but the 17-year-old boy dropped a bombshell in court, saying he was forced to commit the crimes, or an unidentified man would rape him again and rob his uncle. The young suspect was quiet in court, until the judge asked him if he wanted to speak. That's when he made those rape accusations.

Detectives say the teen held up Slix Party Shop with a shotgun on Friday. Nobody was hurt and the boy got away with some cash. Surveillance photos show the suspect inside the store. Then on Sunday around 10 a.m. in the morning, police say the same suspect held up Hermie's Party Shop in the 1800 block of St. Johns Road. The teen and clerk exchanged gunfire, both were armed. The clerk said he was shot in the foot. He wound up chasing the teen suspect outside, where he clocked him over the head with a gun, shattering the weapon. Both the clerk and gunman were taken to the hospital. The teenager was arrested and police say confessed to both crimes.

Now the court has to figure out who has custody of the 17-year-old suspect. His cousin named a woman who lives in Las Vegas, that's being investigated. The clerk who was shot at Hermie's tells us he's grateful to be alive.

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