15-year-old accused of robbing Alachua gas station, striking clerk with toy gun

Alachua police say there was nothing innocent about a 15-year-old carrying a plastic, toy gun Wednesday night.

Police say the masked teen walked into the Raceway gas station at 16171 NW U.S. Highway 441 around 10:30 p.m. and pointed the gun at the clerk's head. She told police he yelled at her to "give me the money" and struck her in the forehead with the gun when she tried to get away.

She discovered it was a toy when it broke into pieces and fell onto the ground.

The suspect crossed the highway into the woods after witnesses in the parking lot tried to approach him. A witness told police he chased after the suspect but was unable to catch him.

Alachua Police and the High Springs Police Department set up a perimeter around the area. Officers say they found the suspect hiding behind the Spindrifter Lounge.

Police say witnesses identified the suspect. Officers say he struck his mother earlier in the evening.

The teen is charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and domestic battery.

He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

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