PORTLAND – A Portland father is facing federal firearms charges after his gun was allegedly used by his son in an attempted carjacking and armed robbery.
Joseph Charlton was arrested three days after a woman reported that his 11-year-old son threatened her with a gun and tried to carjack her. The boy had been taken into custody but was then released to his parents.
On Thursday, Joseph Charlton was charged with a federal complaint - felon in possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $11,500.
Charlton was previously prohibited from possessing firearms due to a prior felony conviction. The charge of felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.
Charlton was arrested for having an unsecured firearm at his family home on SE 160th Avenue and Alder Street. At that time, he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, endangering the welfare of a minor and endangering a child by allowing access to a firearm. The federal complaint was added later.
According to court documents, Charlton left a handgun in a place where his unsupervised children could get it and his 11-year-old son took it.
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In the attempted carjacking, Ami Garrett, 22, said she was sitting in her truck Saturday when the 11-year-old and a 7-year-old boy approached her in a church parking lot as she waited for her parents, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
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Charlton is the first person to be arrested under a new Portland city ordinance prohibiting adults from leaving unsecured firearms where minors can have access.