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Boys, Ages 7 and 11, Attempt Armed Robbery at Portland Church

December 10, 2012 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 5 Comments

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.

Incredibly, the 11-year-old boy who allegedly tried to carjack Amy Garrett returned to the scene when a TV news crew arrived to interview her. (KATU screen grab)

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.”


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  1. georgeDecember 10, 2012 at 6:28 amReply

    with obama as president we are screwed anyway,hang the little bastards and watch them rot in the town square

    • easyDecember 10, 2012 at 9:44 amReply

      why u bringing obama in this, he had nothing to do with that little punk..get over the election buddy he won and that is it..

  2. SheilaDecember 10, 2012 at 7:20 amReply

    The only option for the boys is to be sent to Boys Town. Juvenile Hall will just make them worse.
    Boys Town, Boys Town, Boys Town enough said.
    Mom of many.

  3. KathyDecember 10, 2012 at 10:56 amReply

    Ages 7 and 11, their parents should punish them.
    They should also have to do work for the young lady they
    attempted to rob. 😀 I bet she’d make them think twice about trying to rob again.Ha!

  4. Karen NaylorDecember 10, 2012 at 8:23 pmReply

    Am not sure how to take this news of a 7 and 11 year trying to rob someone with a loaded gun that they threaten to also shoot someone with, That there are no laws to cover this because of age it so stupid considering we already have so many laws they strangle us. Does anyone other than a beloved parent believe that a I’m sorry note covers the magnitude of this happening? I am quite sure that these boys have been thinking a great deal about what they did before they did it along with a whole bunch of other fun things they want to try. If I was their parent I would not be letting them out of my sight at least until they were 21. I sure wouldn’t trust them. This whole thing is just massive creepy.

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