‘Combative’ teen spit in detective’s face after attempted robbery at Iredell County church: Sheriff

‘Combative’ teen spit in detective’s face after attempted robbery at Iredell County church: Sheriff

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A ‘combative’ teen is facing charges after spitting in a detective’s face and making threats against a church during an attempted robbery, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

Deputies responded to calls regarding the incident last Friday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church on Bethlehem Road.

An initial investigation stated that a person was held at gunpoint and robbed. “Give me everything in your pockets,” the victim said the suspect told him while refusing to turn anything over. “I will come back and shoot up the whole church,” the suspect said before fleeing on foot.

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Detectives later identified a 16-year-old boy, who is not being named, who lived in the area as the suspect and a search ensued.

The juvenile was arrested after becoming combative when confronted by law enforcement and spitting in a detective’s face while trying to run, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was being held at the Alexander County Detention Center and now faces multiple charges including communicating a threat of mass violence at a place of worship.

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