PORTLAND - Police on Tuesday served a search warrant in connection with the attempted carjacking of a woman in Portland who said an 11-year-old and 7-year-old boy tried to rob her at gunpoint last weekend.
Investigators arrested a man around 11 a.m. at Southeast 160th Avenue and Alder Street. Witnesses said the adult was taken into custody at the same home where the 11-year-old suspect lives with his parents. Police have not yet released further details about the reason behind his arrest.
In the attempted carjacking, Ami Garrett, 22, said she was sitting in her truck last Saturday when the 11-year-old and a 7-year-old boys approached her in a church parking lot as she waited for her parents, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Garrett told officers that the 7-year-old told the 11-year-old to "show her your piece" and the 11-year-old lifted his shirt and showed her the gun. "They told me they were going to blow my brains out if I didn't give them something," she said.
Garrett managed to get away safely and alerted police, who soon found the boys nearby.
Simpson said the juvenile justice center was not set up to handle such young kids, so officers took them home to their parents.
Neighbors held a meeting Monday night, concerned that the children were there and other problems could develop. Police assured them that extra patrols would be going through the area.
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The juvenile court system was unable to take the case under state law due to the childrens' young ages, but a judge could decide at a later date to jail the juveniles, if it is deemed in the best interest of the kids.
KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report