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Teen arrested after trying to steal $5 from girl, 8, at knifepoint

By Mason White 3:55 AM August 15, 2013
Jackenzy Pierre 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with armed robbery related charges after he tried to steal $5 from a little girl at knifepoint, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

Reading Police said that a man threatened an 8-year-old girl with a knife while trying to steal money from her as she walked to a corner store. The girl was given $5 and was walking to the store to buy carrots for her grandmother so she could make beef stew, her family said. As the girl walked along the 1200 block of Clover Street around 4:30 pm Tuesday, the suspect, identified by police as Jackenzy Pierre, told the girl: “Give me all your money,” and showed her a six-inch kitchen knife.

The girl refused to comply and ran home after the boy kicked the ground as if he was going to chase her. Officials later found Pierre and the knife. The girl identified him as the man who tried to rob her, according to court documents. A family member told police that Pierre, 18, ​​had just moved to Reading from Haiti.

He was charged with threat of theft, making terroristic threats, harassment and related offenses. He was incarcerated in the Berks County Prison on $50,000 bond. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for later this month.