PORTLAND – Police arrested a Portland father Tuesday on weapons charges, 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.
Police arrested Joseph Charlton Tuesday morning for having an unsecured firearm at the home on Southeast 160th Avenue and Alder Street.
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.
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 11-year old had a loaded gun. Investigators have not indicated whether that was the same gun the boy's father was arrested for possessing. (Charlton pictured at left in a 2007 mug shot.)
After the boys were captured, 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.
The juvenile court system was unable to take the case under state law since the boys are both under the age of 12. 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.