Peoria Cops Help Kids Whose Lemonade Stand Was Robbed at Gunpoint

Peoria lemonade stand armed robbery

Courtesy Peoria Police Department

What kind of scum-sucking bottom dwellers rob a kid’s lemonade stand? And how pathetic do they have to be to use a gun to do it? Two kids — 13-year-olds Jude and Tristan — just found that out first hand when a couple of valedictorians held up their Peoria, Illinois streetside small business, getting away with all of $30.

As CNN reports . . .

“The boys were just shocked, they couldn’t process what was happening until it was over,” Nathan Peterson, Jude’s father, told CNN. “I got a call from police saying, ”Hey, your kids are OK, but they just got robbed.’ I almost blacked out, I was just so scared I was trying to get there as fast as possible.”

That’s when the Peoria PD stepped up to support the two kids.

Police officers had surrounded the lemonade stand, buying cups of lemonade and “paying maybe $20 each for it,” trying to make the kids feel safe again, he said.

The next day, a large portion of the PPD arrived for more liquid refreshment.

Peoria lemonade stand armed robbery

Courtesy Peoria Police Department

“A police armadillo truck (a modified armored car) followed by about 15 police cars all with their lights on paraded in front of their stand and parked on the side street. I’m getting teary eyed just talking about it,” Peterson said.

“The officers and police chief got out of their cars and talked to the boys and told them how much they supported them. They gave them a donation and took turns buying lemonade. It just made them feel so safe and encouraged.”

So much for ACAB.




  1. avatar Dude says:

    The kids should have already been giving cops discounts, like gas stations do, to promote a heavy police presence and keep the criminals at bay. Live and learn. /sarc

    1. avatar CentralVirginian says:

      Peoria will probably serve these kids with a zoning violation soon.

      1. avatar john says:

        My city shuts them down on sight for unauthorized food and beverage sales. The way around it here is to not “sell” the lemonade but to give it out “free” with donations. The kid on my block just puts on the sign that donation go to struggling students college fund. To shunt him down now they have to have proof he is not saving for college.

        1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

          Yes, I have watched a certain kind of masculine looking women in uniform, do this to children in California.

    2. avatar Jerms says:

      Its funny, all the cops i see at quiktrip stand in line and attempt to pay for their fountain drinks even though they know the person behind the counter will refuse to accept their money

      1. avatar possum says:

        if cashier i would refuse cops money too me think” maybe they help possum sometime” or think ”maybe cop give possum hard kick, fountain fizz free?” did u not learn life cya

    3. avatar Batterycap says:

      And you know they weren’t, how? Or is this just another example of bitch first, info optional.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “Or is this just another example of bitch first, info optional.”

        That’s not allowed here, anymore?

  2. avatar Mike V says:

    Gawd that’s a lot of privlege

    1. avatar Crispin says:

      What, having a lemonade stand?

      1. avatar Mike V says:

        “They gave them a donation and took turns buying lemonade. It just made them feel so safe and encouraged.”

        I mean wow, only a privileged person could see it like that.

        1. avatar DOC CHARLES SR says:


    2. avatar Ing says:

      It’s a great thing, isn’t it.

  3. avatar Cruzo1981 says:

    So sad for those kids to experience that. Hopefully they gave a good description and hosue security cameras got good footage!!!!

  4. avatar NORDNEG says:

    Good job BLUE LINE…👍👍👍🇺🇸

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      When I was a rookie, my coach taught me to keep 20 bucks in differing bills in a shirt pocket.
      I asked him “what for?”
      He said, “you’ll know.”

      It was for situations just like this. Best coach I could have had.
      RIP L.V.W.

      1. avatar cgray says:

        Did he teach you how to disable your body cam, too?


        1. avatar Supermike says:

          Do you practice being a douchebag, or does it just come natural?

  5. avatar Du Tang says:

    Illinois of course
    Should have been packing in their place of business.
    Disarmed by the gun grabbing mayor of Illinois.

    1. avatar Mike V says:

      Mayor of Illinois?

    2. avatar Ray says:

      Hell, yeah. When will the President of Peoria respond?

    3. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Now that Democrats have determined that this website is somehow playing a crucial role in advancing our right to keep and bear arms, expect a LOT of agent-provocateurs to post unexpected comments on this site.

  6. avatar former water walker says:

    What kind of pos robs kids at a lemonade stand? Someone who deserves a lead enema. We’re having a garage sale next week. We’ll be discreetly armed. With an AR behind the door. Good on the cop’s!

    1. avatar joeyj says:

      “What kind of pos robs kids at a lemonade stand?”

      Duh…dumb question. The Demorat bred, fed, dumbed down Government Plantation Dweller offspring.

    2. avatar arc says:

      Dinnif duph nuffins.

      Naturally occurring biological weapons that should have never been allowed into the country in the first place. A hand full of people got an insignificant short term gain but sowed the seeds for incredible long term damage that is beyond having a monetary price put on it.

      The Sun has pictures of the robbers, hunched over with hoodies and trottin around like the typical dinnit du’s.

    3. avatar possum says:

      Lead enama, lol, that’s funny

  7. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    When I was still working I always made a point to stop a buy from kids at any roadside stand and spend a few minutes talking to them. The boys were always curious about the patrol car and weapons. I often explained why the 1911 was the best fighting pistol in existence today and why .45 ACP will always be superior to 9mm. Sorry Dude, but no discounts were asked or offered.

    1. avatar possum says:

      .45acp, 1911 platform, is handgunm’s perfection. (I had a four hundred word essay on why it’s perfection, even went through the history of sidearms, re read it and spent twenty minutes deleting )

    2. avatar Happy Gunsel says:

      Beg to differ. The 1911 may be perfection like a Ming Vase, but you’ll beg for a Glock or any other large-cap when your ancient 7 or 8 shot 1911 runs out of ammo. You’ll even beg for a Hi-Point!

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        Happy, I’ll never ask for a Hi-Point, never mind beg for one. Rather have a Louisville Slugger. I own Glocks too. Decent pistols but they will never be the handgun a 1911 is. They have no personality. You can’t even install ivory grips on them! As for magazine capacity; perhaps you plan on missing a lot. I don’t.

        1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          In the unlikely event I need more than eight rds I’ll simply reload. You do carry a reload, don’t you?

  8. avatar Darkman says:

    Having seen the video of this event. It was not only a robbery. It was a racial hate crime. Two young industrious white youths were accosted by two young thug black boys. Who at gun point took the cash box containing the loot. Another case of Black on White Hate crime. Which according to the MSM and BLM is justified reparations for slavery.

    1. avatar joeyj says:

      Those black boys just be gittin’ their due…..jus’ cuttin’ Uncle Sugar out of the loop. Now those white boys don’ have be payin’ no taxes.

      1. avatar Mike V says:


        1. avatar John says:

          I don’t owe them anything. No one has been a slave for well over 100 years.

        2. avatar Georgie "I can't breave" Floyd...aka: criminal says:

          Yeah….. reparations…. you pavement ape…

      2. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Keep that shit up, they be gettin’ their due.

    2. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “Two young industrious white youths…” And there it is ! Right there. White privilege. Industriousness is not a common trait among all cultures, and any attempt to recognize/celebrate a white culture thing is rasissessing. Next, someone is gonna compliment those two white supremacists for being entrepreneurial, also a trait not common among all cultures; more rasissessing.

      Stop the insanity.
      Save the Whales.
      Save the Planet.
      Save the Environment.
      Save me a seat on the Bus.

      Viva La Raisins !

      Workers of the world, unite !!

      1. avatar Darkman says:

        Dyslexics of the World… Untie. Don’t bother Don’t care.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Dyslexics of the Untie. Don’t bother Don’t care.”

          Yer ketchin’ on. I like your cleverness with the response.

      2. avatar LarryinTX says:

        “Rasissessing”? Damn. Just damn.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Rasissessing”? Damn. Just damn.”

          I couldn’t think of anything dumber. Still not sure I spelled it right.

      3. avatar UpInArms says:

        You left a couple of important ones out:

        Nuke Gay Whales

        Visualize Whirled Peas

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          You left a couple of important ones out:

          Nuke Gay Whales

          Visualize Whirled Peas

          The last one would be good to add, but Save The Whales, and Nuke Gay Whales would seem to be a bit schizophrenic.

        2. avatar Southern Cross says:

          We have a long running joke downunder about the political stance of the former Democrats party and now the Greens party.

          Land Rights for Gay Whales.

  9. avatar Alexander says:

    Those were Barak’s kids, collecting money for college, one lemonade stand at a time…

  10. avatar enuf says:

    A real nice thing to do!!!

    News media doesn’t cover it much but police and firemen do stuff like this often. Most people are good,
    most have a warm heart towards children and care about them, want to help them.

    1. avatar Debbie W. says:

      Not so fast goody two shoes enuf…When you slander and libel the POTUS and your self serving behind boasts about buying guns and ammo and ignores those who made that possible for you by electing DJT POTUS and stopping hillary clintoon you stab the vast majority of Gun Owners in the back.
      Your rhetoric and your sleazy vote caters to the perps and not those kids so gfy.

      1. avatar Yuck! says:

        Imagine being the poor geezer who lays down with this miserable, foul mouthed crone…

        1. avatar Geoff "Ammo. LOTS of ammo..." PR says:

          Mmmmmmmmmmmmm… 🙂

      2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        Debbie W.,

        Hint: most people are quite irrational.

        The inevitable result is that people, for various reasons, support and advance positions that are harmful to themselves and others.

        Part-and-parcel of this way of operating (I specifically use the word “operating” rather than the word “thinking” which will be obvious momentarily) is rejecting truth and reality.

        The lesson: most people choose to be “stupid” and, as we have all heard so many times, “You can’t fix stupid.”

      3. avatar Montana Actual says:

        Your rhetoric is just as dangerous, and tbh, it’s really all you got. Gets old. DJT did not write the fucking second amendment… and who are you kidding… if Hillary won, you’d be sucking up the unemployment while men like us do the fighting. I don’t even like enuf, but the fact that you chose to be such a bitch all the time and a fucking karen to boot is why you get shit from everyone here.

        1. avatar Georgie floyd says:

          Good way to attack your own…. you fkn moron … how about YOU stfu?

  11. avatar Tarzan says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t close them down for no sales permit or some other violation.

  12. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    WTF is up with comments? Count says 19 I see 11. This has been going on for a couple of weeks.

    1. avatar enuf says:

      It’s how the software that operates the site works. Some comments are automatically hidden until a moderator can review and approve or reject them.The message count displayed is likely correct, it’s just that some of the messages are not yet approved.

    2. avatar Adub says:

      The page isn’t reloading as it updates. When I’m in the page and I tell it to refresh, it shows everything. It happens if I’ve clicked on the article before.

  13. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    How low a pice of scum do you have to be to rob a kid’s lemonade stand,git a rope.

    1. avatar possum says:

      1/4 inch aircraft cable, and air the drop on the evening news

  14. avatar Shire-man says:

    Did they catch the thieves? That would have been a great help to everyone.
    If taxpayers pay the cops salaries and the cops are spending $20 for a cup of lemonade is that like wealth redistribution or more like a tax refund? I’m guessing a refund since the kids look like they’re from a family that contributed to society rather than takes from it.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I think it’s kinda like cops are mostly nice guys, many have kids of their own.

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    Robbing a couple of young white boys at gunpoint must be black privilege at work. I want my reparations for 85 years of welfare.

    1. avatar possum says:

      robbing any child at gunm point is not a privilege thing, it’s a strong over the weak thing. Humans are becoming more like the predators in the animal kingdom.

    2. avatar Chris T in KY says:

      This is why I say that Libertarians don’t take civil rights very seriously. But they do talk big sh*t about them. And Liberals and the left are against civil rights totally.

      Children who are educated and trained. And who are deemed responsible by their parents. Should be able to carry a gun. And shoot a child rapist or child robber dead on sight. Historically this was a normal activity in this country. Kids carried guns. And they killed their attacker themselves. Without asking permission first.

      But people who have no children. Want to dictate how parents raise their kids. And these same childless adults want to determine what is taught, and not taught, in public or private schools.

      For those that remember in the story and film “Treasure Island”. The boy tried to get away from a murderous pirate. He ended up shooting his attacker in the face. I believe with the boys own gun. See the Disney film of the same name.

      “Ammiano was instrumental in getting rid of San Francisco’s High School competitive .22 cal rifle teams, and worked to put an end to the junior ROTC program in San Francisco’s High Schools. Ammiano supported the ban on allowing gun owners to carry an unloaded gun in public.”

      Its really amazing how a racist LGBTQxyz white man, Tom Ammiano, who has no children. Destroyed the civil rights program in the pubic schools in California. A man with no children says other peoples children don’t need to learn about their 2A birth right.

      He is also the same man who wrote the law making stalking victims, and everyone else, wait up to 10 extra days to get a gun in California.

  16. avatar Will Drider says:

    Outstanding follow up response by LE.

  17. avatar jakee308 says:

    These PR stunts really tick me off. Sure it’s cute and cuddly and everyone goes “Awww look at the police being so caring and stuff” When they should be out there looking for the lowlifes that did this and not running a parade past the victims.

    Couldn’t tell the demographics of the perps because of the hoodies and such but I’d bet the cops either know who they are or have a good idea.

    Time to go pick them up and kick some azz.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      If they go and find the perpetrators and one pulls a gun the police might have to shoot him and then their careers could end and they may have to move states secretly to get away from mobs.

      Safer to pay for lemonade.

    2. avatar FormerParatrooper says:

      Apparently you don’t live there. What the Peoria PD did was proper. Don’t think they weren’t looking for the two youths, they have been and working like usual the street crews to figure it out.

      Not just the cops are looking either. There are some others who did not like the bad advertisement.

  18. avatar strych9 says:

    A nice gesture by the police.

    Too bad the courts don’t bend over backwards trying to find ways to make the victim’s whole again.

    A side note; disappointing to see the comment section make this into a race thing.

    1. avatar Sam I Am says:

      Haven’t you caught up?

      Everything is politics.

      All politics is about race.

      Keeps things simple.

    2. avatar Pb_fan59 says:

      “nice gesture by the police”…. what, do you mean taking 16 squads out of service for an extended break/ photo op? No, a nice gesture would be patrolling on their shift to keep lemonade stands from getting robbed in the first place, maybe by telling their chiefs and council members to let them do their jobs, regardless of “optics”

      1. avatar possum says:

        Oh bullsht, it was a nice gesture and I don’t like cops. Geez

    3. avatar Mike V says:

      You need to check your privilege, the more you ignore race the more rascist you are. Your silence is violence and the real story is how those privileged boys were gonna try and scam those other two, selling lemonade, should be free…

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “…boys were gonna try and scam those other two, selling lemonade, should be free…”


        1. avatar edward kenway says:

          Probably a couple of prospective government worker Dindus.
          Yeah, I ran into that type once in DC. Two of ’em, actually, on an elevator on my way back with my lunch.
          One of (them): “Nice sandwich. Can I have a bite?”
          Me: “Here’s a novel idea. You have a job right? Prob’ly get paid more than I do. How about paying for your own?”
          They got off the elevator unhappy. Me, I didn’t care. They pissed me off.

          Give ’em EO, Affirmative Action, lowered standards and a government job and they STILL want free sh*t. Sad.

        2. avatar possum says:

          Gimme all I wanted, and I want more.

        3. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Gimme all I wanted, and I want more.”

          Ain’t that the American Way?

          I want as much as I can get, while expending the least I can. The less I can do, and get rich not doing it, well….great !!

    4. avatar LarryinTX says:

      You think it’s not a race thing? What makes you think so?

      1. avatar possum says:

        Nobody dropped the checkered flag, was no start or finish line. It’s not about races.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Nobody dropped the checkered flag, was no start or finish line. It’s not about races.”

          Right. It’s about rasissessing (rasissessnessing?)

        2. avatar possum says:

          raissasiss ,,? Hell I don’t know, just gimme me n ordur uh chicken scripts

    5. avatar George the criminal floyd says:

      Yeah… blacks SHOULD stop making everything about race…..I AGREE…..
      Although I’m getting a little tired of hearing the whining from an ethnic group who has never been able to perform even menial tasks properly….
      So take your “raciss” jive talk somewhere else, whites are fkn SICK TO DEATH OF HEARING IT AND EVENTUALLY IT WILL TURN BAD FOR BLACKS…

  19. avatar Karen says:

    Where are the masks? Are they trying to kill people??

  20. avatar GS650G says:

    Catch those two and make them stand in a vat of lemonade for 12 hours.

    1. avatar Pb_fan59 says:

      Thanks for that…. I’ll never be able to eat Ceviche again!!!

  21. avatar possum says:

    That kinda shit pisses me off, stealing from kids. Fckn loosers, grrrrrr

  22. avatar Cadeyrn says:

    Interesting that the focus is on this offense. Maybe you haven’t seen the video for BLM demanding homeowners sign over their homes because they are white. Literally standing in front of the home with a mob and bullhorn trying to bully a homeowner into giving up his house.

    Police? Maybe check the lemonade stand. About zero chance of danger there now. Mission accomplished!

    Homeowners: where are all of the guns? What do you mean I can’t defend myself against bullies?

    1. avatar Montana Actual says:

      Yeah, but it’s still illinois.

    2. avatar possum says:

      I am on board with the BLM’s reparations. But to be fair, one would need to know the people’s owned and the people who owned them. We were, and You people, just won’t work.

      1. avatar Montana Actual says:

        Fuck that. I’m not paying for shit cuz of the inflation. Give them one way trips “back home” – by boat.


  23. avatar Montana Actual says:

    Willing to be if it was a lemonade stand and their parents were open carrying, that shit would never happen… just sayin. Lets get those kids armed 😉
    (not even joking)

    1. avatar possum says:

      I have had gunms pointed at me from both sides of the law. never a juvenile. it wood frighten me greatly to have an adolescent point a gunm at me, the only thing worse would be a female.

  24. avatar possum says:

    Well I’ve simmered down enough to eyeball the picture of the kids lemonade stand. ,,,,,,, Their playing beer pong.

  25. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

    The real life lesson: if you have something someone is going to try and take it

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