Candy Lady Robbed By Repeat Customer

(Memphis) A Frayser man is in jail, accused of robbing the neighborhood candy lady.

Police say Bobby Lynn and an accomplice barged into her house, pushed her husband on the floor, and robbed them, even with children around.

The Garrett family says they knew these guys, they had sold them candy countless times before, but this time they came armed with a gun and with their mind on money and honey buns.

“This was honey buns, but they got them last night,” said LaFrancis Garrett.

LaFrancis Garrett and her husband Lemorris are retired.

Selling candy and even giving it away to neighborhood children is a labor of love.

“They are always telling us, ‘Hey! I just love coming down here!’ because we talk with them, interact with them and they always say ‘I love to come to you! You’re so nice!’” said LaFrancis.

But Tuesday, two of their regular customers knocked one the door and wouldn’t look Mr. Garrett in the eye.

“My husband says when he looked out the window, they had their faces turned,” said La Francis.

“He knocked on the door,” said LeMorris. “I thought they were coming to buy candy and he pushed me down and he had a gun in his hand and said was there anybody else in the house,” said Lemorris.

“I heard my daughter tell him get down get down when I heard that, I shut the door back up and I locked it and I immediately called 911,” said LaFrancis.

While LaFrancis stayed on the phone with police, she says the robbers pointed a gun at her 5-year-old grandson, emptied her husband’s pockets and took honey buns and chips and any change on the table they could find.

“He told my daughter if anybody comes out of that door, he was going to kill them,” said LaFrancis.

While LaFrancis stayed locked in her bedroom, the robbers eventually took off, but one of them within minutes was caught because LaFrancis had called police.

Eighteen-year-old Bobby Lynn is now in jail, charged with aggregated robbery

“The other guy, who they have not caught, he would come down here every day with his little sister,” said LaFrancis.

A repeat customer whom the Garrett family hopes to never see again

“Did you feel like you could die that day?” asked reporter Sabrina Hall.

“Yeah, I really did,” said Lemorris.

Yet the Frayser neighborhood candy shop is still open.

“Even though they did what they did,” said LaFrancis. “But this time, we are going to be more aware.”

Lefrancis says she says happy to still sell candy for pennies and if she has to, give honey buns away free.

‘They didn’t have to put a gun on us to get it,” said LaFrancis.

Lynn is being held on a $75,000 bond. His accomplice, who is still out there, is apparently just 15 years old.


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