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Posted: 4:43 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012
By Kathryn Burcham
UNION COUNTY, N.C. —
A teenager is recovering after he was pistol-whipped during a robbery in a quiet Union County neighborhood.
Deputies said the 14-year-old had just left his grandmother's home in the Beacon Hills neighborhood in Hemby Bridge when he was attacked Monday night.
"Two men approached him, showed him a gun and demanded money," said Sgt. Brian Helms.
The teen was heading to meet his mother, who works at the Food Lion grocery store nearby. He told the men he didn't have any money and that's when they assaulted him, according to detectives.
Deputies said the men beat the teen in the head with their pistol, breaking a bone in his face and causing several deep lacerations, then grabbed his cell phone and fled.
The teen was taken to the hospital for treatment and stayed overnight.
Wednesday morning, detectives tracked down one of the suspects, Javonte Truesdale, and arrested him at his home in Indian Trail.
They said they are still searching for Truesdale's accomplice.
Deputies said the victim's young age and the location of the attack were surprising.
"It's not something we normally come across. Beacon Hills is an older, but established neighborhood, and we just don't see this kind of problem with it," Helms said.
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