A Gary teenager has
been waived into adult court and charged in connection with the armed
robbery of the Family Express on U.S. Highway 6 in South Haven on March 29.
Harper, 17, was booked into the Porter County Jail on Monday evening and
charged with robbery, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20
Harper will turn 18
According to the
probable cause affidavit filed by the Porter County Sheriff’s Police,
Harper, accompanied by his parents, surrendered himself to Portage Police on
April 3, after video surveillance images of the robbery were released to the
“that he was under the influence of alcohol and was looking for money on the
night of the robbery,” the affidavit stated.
subsequently recovered the weapon which Harper admitted using in the
robbery: an Airsoft BB gun “almost identical to a Berreta Model 92 9mm
semiautomatic pistol,” police said.
On the night of the
robbery, the Family Express clerk told investigators that the suspect, after
demanding and being given all the money in the cash register, “threatened to
kill her because there was not enough money.” The clerk then “begged him to
please not kill her” and the suspect settled instead for three packs of
Newport 100 cigarettes.