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Police Detective Robert Johnson was in the right place at the right time about 8 p.m. Thursday, as far as the man who left his Jeep Laredo running on Grove Street while he ran into a convenience store was concerned.

But not for a 15-year-old city teen who may have been planning to rob the store.

Detective Johnson was driving an unmarked cruiser on Grove Street when he noticed two males near the Honey Farms store at 341 Grove St. The two were wearing dark clothing, including hooded sweatshirts, and their faces were covered with bandana-like scarves. The detective saw two vehicles parked in front of the store. One, an unoccupied SUV, had its headlights on and the engine was running.

Police say there has been a rash of robberies recently at the Honey Farms.

Detective Johnson watched the teen peer into the store window with his face covered and the hood over his head. Detective Johnson suspected the teen was about to rob the store. The detective had radioed for other police to back him up, according to Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst.

"They definitely planned on doing something," Sgt. Hazelhurst said.

Both males got into the Jeep and drove a short way down Grove Street. When Detective Johnson turned on his cruiser lights, the vehicle stopped. One of the occupants jumped out of the SUV and ran away.

Detective Lt. Thomas Gaffney arrived shortly thereafter. The teenager who was driving the Jeep tried to get away through the passenger-side door, but Detective Johnson nabbed him. The boy fought Detective Johnson, and then fought Detective Lt. Gaffney. While the detectives tried to arrest him, a large folding knife fell out of his pocket onto the street, according to police.

The 15-year-old was charged with using a motor vehicle without authority, resisting arrest, carrying a dangerous weapon and driving a motor vehicle without a license. Police did not name the boy, who will be arraigned in juvenile court at a later date.

The man who ran in for groceries got his Jeep back Thursday night.
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