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Gary teen waived into adult court in South Haven robbery

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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.

Brian Anthony 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 years.

Harper will turn 18 in November.

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 media.

Harper advised “that he was under the influence of alcohol and was looking for money on the night of the robbery,” the affidavit stated.

Investigators 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.



Posted 4/16/2014