An underage boy was robbed of his cellphone at gunpoint during a would-be drug deal Wednesday evening near Tennyson Middle School, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Police were called to the intersection of North 60th Street and Glasgow Drive at about 6 p.m. after the boy was reportedly robbed at gunpoint. Officers determined that the boy came to the school track under the guise of selling marijuana to an acquaintance. The boy's intent was to grab the money from the buyer and then outrun the "customer," Swanton said. 

During the ruse, the would-be buyer pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the boy. He discovered that the boy did not have any marijuana, then robbed the boy of his cellphone, Swanton said.

The suspect was described as a heavy-set male, 15 to 16 years old, wearing a black hoodie, gray shorts and running shoes.

Swanton said the boy "suddenly turned" into the victim and police are investigating the incident as an aggravated robbery. The boy was released to his grandparents and was not injured in the robbery.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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