Boys, Ages 7 and 11, Attempt Armed Robbery at Portland Church
Two young boys armed with a loaded .22 caliber handgun allegedly attempted to carjack and rob a woman in the parking lot of a Portland, Oregon church on Saturday.
The Oregonian reports that the boys, who are 7 and 11 years old, tried to steal 22-year-old Amy Garrett’s truck in the parking lot of the Freedom Foursquare Church in Southeast Portland. Garrett was sitting in her vehicle waiting for her parents to arrive when she says the boys approached her.
According to Garrett, the younger boy told the older one to “show her your piece.” The 11-year-old then allegedly lifted his shirt and showed her the gun.
“He was showing me his gun and I asked him if it was real,” Garrett told KATU. “He said ‘you don’t ever ask somebody if it’s real. That’s how you get yourself shot.'”
Garrett told police that she refused the boys’ demand despite the fact that they were armed. The boys then allegedly demanded her phone and her wallet, telling her that they couldn’t leave empty-handed and threatening to shoot her.
Garrett still refused to cooperate. She drove off and called 911 as she saw the older boy draw the gun from his pocket.
“My heart was beating a million miles a minute. I’m surprised it didn’t completely beat our of my chest. I was very scared,” Garrett told KATU.
According to the police report, another 11-year-old boy also called police after seeing the would-be carjacker pull his gun. When officers approached the boys, the older one allegedly told the younger one to run. They were cornered shortly thereafter.
The police report also states that the older boy refused to remove his hands from his pockets when he was commanded to do so by officers. They grabbed the boy’s arms and discovered the loaded gun.
Incredibly, the 11-year-old returned to the scene of the alleged crime when a KATU news crew arrived to interview Garrett, frightening the woman.
Due to their age, the boys were released to their families.
The older boy attempted to flee his parents’ house soon after returning home. He was caught and returned home.
Police told the Oregonian that they were investigating how the two young children managed to get their hands on a loaded gun.
“I’ve never heard of a 7-year-old being involved in an armed robbery,” Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson told the paper. “At that age it’s far too early to understand the consequence of actions.”