Watertown Teen Makes Initial Appearance On Charges He Robbed Beaver Dam Business

(Beaver Dam) A Watertown teen charged with using pepper spray while robbing a Beaver Dam business made his initial appearance in court yesterday Monday. Avery Bence is facing a felony count of Robbery with Use of Force and a misdemeanor charge of Battery. According to the criminal complaint, Bence and a second suspect entered the businesses on North University Avenue in November. Bence allegedly used peppery spray on the store clerk and took several packs of cigarettes. The incident was captured on video surveillance and Bence was reportedly identified by a school resource officer and a relative. When questioned, Bence allegedly admitted to his actions. If convicted, the 17-year-old faces over 15 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3rd.