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Mom turns teen bandit in to police

The mother of a 14-year-old punk who attacked an elderly wig-store clerk turned him in yesterday.

HERE'S A TIP for would-be bandits: Don't let Mom watch footage of you committing the crime.

She's likely to hand you over to police, as one 14-year-old boy learned the hard way yesterday.

Police say the teen, whose name isn't being released because he's a juvenile, was escorted to 19th District headquarters after his mom recognized him terrorizing a Wynnefield beauty-supply store on surveillance-camera footage.

"We definitely say kudos to Mom for doing this," said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman. "It can be rough for parents to acknowledge this kind of thing, but it's good to see that they don't tolerate this behavior."

The teen is charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, theft and related offenses after he allegedly jumped a 67-year-old employee inside Judy Wigs on 54th Street near Arlington early Tuesday, Stanford said.

It wasn't the first time he'd targeted the store, according to police. He allegedly stole $70 from the shop's register during a robbery April 29.

In the infamous footage that led to his arrest, the teen can be seen demanding money from the clerk, who apparently recognized him from the earlier incident.

She asks him to leave, but he refuses. The 14-year-old, whose height and stocky build make him appear much older, turns violent, pushing her into a glass case, and then kicking and punching her until she collapses on the floor.

The woman suffered cuts to her left hand and bruises on her head, police said.