Robber Wannabe Fails With Water Gun: Police
Victim not fooled by toy's bright colors
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2016 2:20 PM CDT
Amanuel Perkins   (Maplewood PD via KMOV)

(Newser) – If you're going to attempt a robbery, you probably won't succeed if your intended victim sees you're using a fake gun, especially if it's all different colors. That's what police say happened to Amanuel Perkins, who's accused of trying to rob a Missouri business with a multi-hued water pistol, KMOV reports. Cops say Perkins tried to pull off what he's now calling a St. Patrick's Day prank at Maplewood's Sole Survivor Leather, scaring the chaps off of the store's proprietor—until he caught a closer look at the supposed weapon and realized he'd get wet before he got seriously injured.

Officials say the owner pushed the gun away and chased off Perkins, who's now being charged with first-degree attempted robbery. The New York Daily News reports the 18-year-old is being held on $25,000 bond. (A California school offered a firearms buyback for kids' toy guns.)