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Teen accomplice charged with murder in smoke shop robbery

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Authorities arrested a teen linked to the botched robbery at a Pharr smoke shop, and released the identity of the suspect that was killed during the incident.

The Pharr Police Department told Action 4 News police arrested a 16-year-old male from Donna.

Authorities charged the 16-year-old with murder since he was involved with the aggravated robbery that led to the death of 18-year-old Julio Cesar Perez from Edinburg.

The 16-year-old is now at the Hidalgo County Juvenile Detention Center.

His identity has not been released at this time.

Pharr police said Perez, the 16-year-old and another suspect attempted to rob Deuce TMs Smoke Shop in Pharr early Monday morning.

Three suspects stormed the shop wearing hoodies and when the three gunmen walked in, they shouted "hands up!"

The owner of the smoke shop told Action 4 News that he feared for his life especially when he saw three armed suspects walk through the front door.

Investigators said the owner, who feared for his life, reached for his gun and fatally shot 18-year-old Perez.

Police are still searching for one more suspect linked to the botched robbery.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene of the incident in a black Cadillac CTX with paper plates and chrome rims.

If you have any information on this incident, you can contact the Pharr Crime Stoppers at 787-8477 (TIPS).

Police are also looking at another robbery that happened back in in April 11, 2011 at the smoke shop.

Three suspects entered the shop with guns with handkerchiefs covering their faces.

According to police, the suspects stole a lock box and safe with a gun inside.

The suspects left the scene in a Pontiac Grand Prix.

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