UPDATE: The Oregonian reports the man arrested is 34-year-old Joseph Charlton, the father of the accused 11-year-old boy. Also according to the Oregonian, "The state Department of Human Services took a 4-year-old girl into protective custody at the home and expect to take two boys -- the 11-year-old accused in the gun case and a 9-year-old -- into protective custody as well."
UPDATE: This morning Portland's KGW reported an unidentified adult has been taken into custody in relation to the attempted robbery and carjacking described below. A search warrant was served at a house at Southeast 160th Avenue and Alder Street around 11 a.m.
Kids these days. They grow up fast. One day they're in elementary school, the next day - while they're still in elementary school - they're accused of attempting to carjack a woman at gunpoint.
Or, at the very least, that's the story of two boys in Southeast Portland - ages 7 and 11 - who police say held a scared (and slightly baffled) woman at gunpoint Saturday while attempting to carjack her in the parking lot of a local church.
According to Portland's KATU News, the boys were found by police after someone reported seeing the 11-year-old with a loaded handgun just after noon Saturday. When police arrived the boys reportedly tried to run, though they were apprehended near the Freedom Foursquare Church in the vicinity of Southeast 160th and Alder Street. A handgun described as "cocked and loaded" was found in the older boy's pocket.
Not long later, 22-year-old Amy Garrett flagged down police, telling them the boys had attempted to carjack her earlier that day.
Garrett said she was sitting in her truck and waiting for her parents outside the church when the boys approached her and threatened to shoot her if she didn't give them her truck.
"He was showing me his gun and I asked him if it was real," said Garrett. "He said 'you don't ever ask somebody if it's real. That's how you get yourself shot.'"
Garrett said the younger boy told the 11 year old to "show her your piece." The 11-year-old boy then lifted his shirt and showed Garrett the gun.
"He said it was fully-loaded and cocked and ready to go. He told me he was going to blow my brains out if I didn't give him anything.
While she describes being scared, and tells KATU her heart was "beating a million miles a minute," Garrett drove away instead of giving in to the school-agers' demands. She says she saw the 11-year-old pull the gun from his pocket as she did, and she quickly called 911.
Because of their age, neither boy was taken to a juvenile detention center; they were instead left with their parents. Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson tells KATU the boys would have been taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home and faced possible charges if they were 15.
But they aren't. They're 11 and 7.
Strangely, as KATU reports:
The 11 year old lives nearby with his family, Garrett said. He returned to the scene while KATU was interviewing Garrett, but left and did not come back when we asked to speak with his parents.
Kids these days ...