Two young boys attempted armed robbery in a church parking lot in Portland, Oregon. On Saturday, December 8, two boys, one aged 7 and the other 11, cornered a woman and tried to rob her.
According to The Oregonian, the report came from another 11-year-old boy at around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. He called 911 to inform officers that he had seen him carrying a loaded gun.
As police arrived at Freedom Foursquare Church, in Southeast Portland, they found him with a loaded .22 caliber handgun. The weapon was in the boy's pocket, which officers searched when he refused to keep his hands out of his pockets, even when prompted.
22-year-old Amy Garrett approached police to inform them that she also called 911. The intended victim of the robbery described she was sitting in her truck in the parking lot when the two boys tried to make off with her belongings.
According to her report, the older boy was holding the gun. They asked for her cell phone and money, and, when she refused, the younger one told his friend: "Show her your piece."
They threatened to shoot her if she refused, and warned her they would not leave without getting something from her. Even so, she drove off in her car and called 911. As she looked back, she noticed he took out the firearm.
Officers are still trying to figure out where the boy, who remains unidentified, got a hold of a weapon. He was placed in his parents' custody, but soon ran away. Police had to interfere once again to find him and bring him back home.
"I've never heard of a 7-year-old being involved in an armed robbery. [...] At that age it's far too early to understand the consequence of actions," said Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police.