Teen clubbed in robbery attempt dies

The would-be armed robber who was clubbed with a baseball bat by a store clerk last month has died, according to North Las Vegas police.

The name of the teen, who was identified as a 17-year-old Henderson resident and possible Russian national, was not released. He died at University Medical Center after being hospitalized following the July 21 confrontation.

Police said he used a "fake" handgun to hold up the Family Stop convenience store on Ann Road near Clayton Street at 2:15 a.m. He demanded money and cigarettes from the 52-year-old store clerk, who attempted to comply with his demands, police said.

When the teen turned to confront two customers who entered the store, the clerk pulled out an aluminum baseball bat and struck him in the head, according to police. Injuries from the incident apparently led to the teen's death, police said.

Authorities said soon after the incident that they had no plans to charge the store clerk. A police spokesman said he used justifiable force to defend himself.

Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at lmower@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0440.