Portland, OR – An 11-year-old boy has been accused of trying to carjack and rob a woman at gunpoint, and even returned to the scene of the crime as a news reporter was interviewing the victim.
On Saturday, 22-year-old Amy Garrett was sitting inside her truck in the parking lot of Freedom Foursquare Church waiting for her parents. That’s when she was approached by two boys, ages 11 and 7. The older boy told Garret that he had a gun and would shoot her if she did not give him her truck.
Garrett didn’t believe the boys at first, and refused to let them have her vehicle. That’s when the 7-year-old instructed the older boy to show her the gun. The 11-year-old then lifted his shirt and showed Garrett a handgun. Thinking it was fake, she asked the boy if it was real.
“He said ‘you don’t ever ask somebody if it’s real. That’s how you get yourself shot.’” He also told her he was prepared to blow her brains out if she didn’t give him the truck, her wallet, and her phone.
Garret chose not to give them anything and drove away while calling 911. When police arrived on the scene, they spotted the two boys, who ran off when officers tried talking to them.
Police stopped the boys near the church where the 11-year-old is lucky he didn’t get shot. When police instructed the boy to keep his hands out of his pockets, he refused, causing an officer to restrain his arms. Inside the boy’s pocket, he found a loaded and cocked handgun.
Because of the boys’ ages, they could not be taken to jail or the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home. Instead, they were both left with their parents.
The following day, while KATU was in front of the church interviewing Garrett about the incident, the 11-year-old boy walks right up and stands next to Garrett. The reporter asks the boy to get his parents, who live next tot he church, because he could not talk to the boy due to his age. The boy walks off, and never returns.
The boy’s father did eventually call the reporter and told him that his son has participated in some of the church’s youth group activities and that he has written an apology to the church — one the church’s pastor said they have yet to receive. The father also said he could not comment any further on the incident without first consulting his attorney.
I know people are going to comment about what adult sentence should be imposed on this kid, but this is one of those situations where I feel that would be a terrible decision — for him and society. If anyone needs to be punished, I say take a look at the people raising him.
I mean, come on… your kid just got brought home by police who have accused him of using a loaded handgun in an attempted carjackingrobbery next door at the church. The next day, he’s out walking around talking to reporters? Had I pulled this stunt, my old man would have whipped my ass and ensured I never left the house. I’d become Boo Radley, but unable to sit down.