Robber attempts to rob West Memphis store with BB gun - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Robber attempts to rob West Memphis store with BB gun

West Memphis police investigators are shaking their heads wondering who would carry a toy gun while committing a crime in this city after a 12 year old with a toy gun was shot and killed. But it happened at a West Memphis grocery store.

West Memphis police say Deniko Wallace had a BB gun on him when he tried to steal pork chops and body spray from a grocery store.  

"He told the manager he was Deanta Farrow's cousin and he was using this gun for target practice," Chief Bob Paudert with the West Memphis police department said.

Investigators said the manager of the grocery story saw Wallace trying to put the body spray in his pockets. He called police, who started questioning Wallace.

When the officer said what else do you have in your pocket he pulled out two packages pork chops from his pants and then took out of his pocket a BB gun.

Paudert said it was a dangerous thing to do because it could easily be mistaken for a real gun.

"It doesn't make any sense having a gun like this after what we been through after what the community has been through. Going into the store with the intent to commit a crime and then you have a gun like this on you. I don't understand it. I don't know why he did that but he did," Paudert said.

Paudert said he thought people in the community had learned a lesson about toy guns after the shooting death of Deaunta Farrow.

Deniko Wallace remains behind bars charged with shoplifting. 

It is not clear if he is actually DeAunta Farrow's cousin.

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