Teen's robbery attempt thwarted by homeowner with gun

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CASS COUNTY, Neb. (WOWT) -- A 17-year-old faces charges in Cass County after threatening a homeowner with a gun, officials say.

Deputies said the incident was reported near Lake Waconda late Saturday. Investigators said the suspect’s vehicle broke down in the area. The teen allegedly went to a nearby house, displayed a gun and asked for the resident for car keys.

Deputies said the homeowner retrieved his own gun and the teen left. Witnesses said the teen went to another house in the area but eventually left.

Deputies were able to track down the teen based on witness descriptions.

He was taken into custody Sunday and lodged in the Juvenile Detention Facility in Sarpy County.