A tip received by the Daleville Police Department led to the arrest of a 17 year-old Daleville High School student in connection with Saturday’s armed robbery at McLin’s Restaurant in Daleville.
The name of the teenager is not being released, but according to the Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams the suspect will be charged as an adult with first-degree robbery.
“The law clearly states anyone age 16 or older that commits a Class A felony involving violence shall be charged as an adult,” Adams said. “It is dangerous to have someone on the streets who knocks someone down from behind and then robs them.”
The teenager’s arrest came just hours after Adams offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
During an interview with police, the teenager confessed to committing the crime, said Daleville Police Chief Allen Medley, who added that more arrests in the case are pending.
“I am very proud of the work performed by the Daleville Police Department and the Dale County Sheriff’s Office,” Adams said. “It is very discouraging for me to see young people throw their life away by committing a violent crime to impress their so-called friends.
“You better know who your friends are, and if you associate with people who are leading you down the wrong path, you need to make some changes in your life,” Adams said. “Remember, every action has consequences that follow. Don’t let your actions ruin your life.”
First-degree robbery carries a penalty of 20 years to life in a state penitentiary.