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18-Year-Old Found Dead in Lexington Identified, Was Part of Attempted Robbery: Police

An 18-year-old was found shot to death behind a home in Lexington.

LEXINGTON, NC (WFMY) - A Lexington teen was found dead behind a vacant house Wednesday morning after several calls to police about gunshots were found to be linked. Thursday, police sent a release saying the teen was part of an attempted robbery among four people.

Police say during the robbery the victim shot a gun, striking 18-year-old Antoine Gelzer. All parties left the scene after that with the victim leaving in a car and Gelzer and his three associates on foot.

On Wednesday Lexington Police charged a 14-year-old male with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. That juvenile is being held in secure custody pending a court date.

On Thursday, police arrested and charged three additional people for their roles in the robbery attempt.

Michael Young, a 25-year-old male was charged with Attempted Robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and breaking and entering. The breaking and entering charge was related to Young breaking into a vacant house while waiting for the robbery attempt to take place in the street on Hamil Street. Young is being held in the Davidson County Jail with a $150,000 secured bond.

Jessie Tee Pinkard, a 17-year-old male, was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery. Pinkard is being held in the Davidson County Jail with a $100,000 secured bond.

Lauria Mininni, an 18-year-old female, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. Mininni is being held in Davidson County Jail with a $75,000 secured bond.

Earlier police reports said around 11:30 p.m., Lexington police got a call from someone who heard gunshots around Connor St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The caller told dispatchers that a car was seen in the area parked in the street with flashers on. Officers arrived and didn't see a matching car nor hear any further gunshots.

Around 2 a.m., police got a report Gelzer was missing and had possibly been shot, stemming from an altercation around Hamil St. and Tussey St.

Police went to look for Gelzer and found him dead behind a home in the 500 block of Tussey St. Gelzer had been shot.

Police are continuing to interview persons of interest.

Anyone with information should call the Lexington Police Department at 336-243-3304 or Crime Stoppers at 336-243-2400.

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