Deputies: 16-year-old tried to rob customer at gunpoint

Travis Sharpin held in Marion County juvenile detention center

Booking photo for Travis Charles Sharpin
Booking photo for Travis Charles Sharpin

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A 16-year-old boy was arrested for attempting to rob a customer at gunpoint at a Dollar General store, the Marion County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Travis Charles Sharpin attempted the robbery as the customer was leaving the store on U.S. Highway 441 on November 8, deputies said.

Investigators said deputies were able to interrupt Sharpin and he ran off.

A K9 followed a track that led to Sharpin's home. He wasn't located that night, but he left his bicycle behind at the scene, deputies said.

Sharpin was arrested the next day for separate incidents, including a strong armed robbery and several armed residential burglaries, MCSO said.

During a search of his home, detectives said they found numerous stolen firearms, suspicious masks and holsters in his bedroom.

Family members and neighbors also identified the bicycle found at the scene of the attempted robbery as Sharpin's bicycle.

The victim of the attempted robbery at the Dollar General also identified Sharpin in a photo line-up, deputies said.

Sharpin is charged with felony attempted armed robbery and is being held in the Marion County Sheriff's Office Juvenile Detention Center.