Kids already got a record and becuase of his age i bet he'll just get another slap on the wrist. hopfully the next person he tries to rob kills his worthless ass. Riviera Beach 15-year-old faces major charges in taxi robberies By Maria Herrera and Jerome Burdi South Florida Sun-Sentinel Posted September 7 2006 Riviera Beach· By the time a teenage taxi thief tried to strike again, police had caught on. But when they arrived to arrest him, they had an unexpected shootout. Two Riviera Beach police officers posing as taxi driver and passenger pulled up Wednesday afternoon to pick up the person they suspected had robbed a cabbie at gunpoint the day before. LocalLinks When they attempted to arrest the 15-year-old he pulled a revolver from his waistband, spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said. He refused to put the gun down and one of the officers fired one shot, missing the teen near his home in the 700 block of West Seventh Street, Brown said. The teen fired one shot at the officers before running behind a building, where other officers were waiting and arrested him. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is withholding the teen's name because he is a juvenile. Records show he has been arrested six times since 2004, four times for car theft, once for cocaine distribution and the latest for marijuana possession and larceny. "He's a good kid," his sister said. "He just has a problem with stealing cars." The teen has been living with his sister in a small apartment since 2004. Before then, the sister said, he had gone to live with an aunt after his parents died. The cell phone number that called Express Taxi on Tuesday was the same that called Wednesday so the suspicious dispatcher called police. On Tuesday the robber asked to be picked up a block from where he called on Wednesday and was going to the same West Palm Beach neighborhood near Dunbar Village. "We never send a car inside Dunbar Village after 7 p.m. until 6 a.m.," said Pierre Cancoul, who owns the West Palm Beach-area cab company. "It's very dangerous." Express Taxi driver Vernis Deronvil, 39, gave police a description of two teenagers who robbed him in the 1900 block of Douglas Avenue near the Dunbar Village Housing Projects around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. West Palm Beach police said Deronvil positively identified the 15-year-old. They charged him with armed robbery with a firearm. In Riviera Beach, he faces several charges topped by attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. Deronvil was robbed of $165 and a cell phone, West Palm Beach police said. Both police departments are working together in the investigation. Riviera Beach police also recovered a stolen Kia SUV they suspect the teen stole. The Riviera Beach officer who fired at the teenager was placed on standard paid administrative leave. Police would not release the officer's name. If the teenager is guilty, his sister said she would be disappointed. "But if he does get time at least he won't be out on the streets with all these shootings and chaos going on," she said. "It's not the best place where I want to see him but for him is kind of good." Staff researcher William Lucey contributed to this report. Jerome Burdi can be reached at [email protected] or 561-243-6531.