Charles Nichelson

5 Teens, 1 of Them Just 13 Years Old, Arrested for East Texas Robbery

They allegedly held the place up with airsoft guns

Five teenagers who authorities say fled from a youth center have been arrested in Tyler in East Texas for holding up a convenience store.

Tyler police say the five -- one of them a 13-year-old -- all displayed handguns just before 5 a.m. Sunday as they ordered a clerk to hand over cash and cigarettes, then fled on foot.

Officers found all five hiding behind a business and arrested them on charges of aggravated robbery. The stolen items have been recovered.

Their weapons were determined to be airsoft handguns.

Two 17-year-olds in the group are detained in the Smith County Jail. The three others -- 13, 15 and 16 -- are in juvenile custody. All are from Tyler.

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