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Syracuse, New York, police have arrested a 12-year-old boy in connection with the apparent robbery with a gun involving philanthropist Juli Boeheim, wife of famed Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, earlier this month here, according to local reports.
The pre-teen, whose name has not been released due to his young age, has been charged with second-degree robbery, fourth-degree robbery and fourth-degree felony possession of a weapon, reported Syracuse.com. A Syracuse Police Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment and confirmation.
Syracuse.com and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle identified Juli Boeheim as the victim of an apparent robbery with a gun in the Destiny USA mall parking lot in upstate New York on March 1.
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According to the police, the suspect approached the victim, who was inside a vehicle, and engaged in conversation with her. He then allegedly pointed the gun at the woman, reached into the car and snatched her purse.
The suspect then fled in another car with several other people in a vehicle that had already been reported stolen, authorities added.
Investigators eventually discovered that the 12-year-old’s gun was actually an “air gun”, according to Syracuse.com.
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Boeheim is the beloved wife of the legendary Syracuse men’s basketball coach and the mother of two players currently on the roster.
The Boeheims founded the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of central New York children in need and support cancer research and advocacy. She did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Fox News Digital on Thursday.
Speaking to ESPN Syracuse shortly after the robbery, Jim Boeheim said Juli was “definitely shaken”.
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“I mean, it’s not TV. It’s not movies. It’s real life. Someone puts a gun to your face. She’s doing fine, better than me. or than most people, I think,” he said. “But it’s not easy. She’s a little shaken up but I think she’s doing a lot better than you might expect,” Boeheim told the radio station.
He added that he thought the fact that the suspect “was a child” helped him cope.
“If it was an older man, it probably would have been,” he told ESPN Syracuse. “His main thought was, ‘let’s help this kid.’ That’s what she’s doing, we’re doing it with our foundation. Trying to help these kids. That’s the first thing she said, ‘I feel like I want to help this kid.’ that’s what she thinks. That’s who she is. She tries to help people.”
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The Syracuse Orange played their second game of the ACC tournament on Tuesday, losing 88-79 to the Duke University Blue Devils.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.