Arbroath – Police said two boys, ages 11 and 7, tried to rob and carjack a woman at gunpoint in Southeast Portland, Oregon on Saturday afternoon. “I didn’t think it was real,” said Amy Garrett. “They were just two really young kids.” The 11-year-old boy had a loaded handgun, police said. Earlier on Saturday, someone called police to report that an 11-year-old boy spotted another 11-year-old boy with a loaded handgun. When police arrived, they spotted two boys who tried to run away when officers talked to them. Officers stopped them near the Freedom Foursquare Church. They told the 11-year-old boy to keep his hands out of his pockets, but he refused, Simpson said. An officer grabbed his arms and found a cocked and loaded handgun in his pocket. Police were later flagged down by Garrett, 22, who told them the two boys tried to rob her and steal her truck. Garrett said she was sitting in her truck and waiting for her parents outside the church when the boys approached her and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t give them her truck. “He was showing me his gun and I asked him if it was real,” said Garrett. “He said ‘you don’t ever ask somebody if it’s real. That’s how you get yourself shot.’” Garrett said the 7-year-old told the 11-year-old to “show her your piece.” The 11-year-old then lifted his shirt and showed Garrett the gun. He said it was fully-loaded and cocked and ready to go.
On everything that’s gotta be the hardest statement an 11 year-old has ever made ever. “You don’t ever ask somebody if it’s real. That’s how you get yourself shot.” Here I was all ready to admonish these kids for robbing a lady in God’s parking lot, and then he drops some Denzel in Training Day-esque tough guy talk. Hard not to root for the little jacker after that.
Obviously American cities need to alter their juvenile detention ages to coincide with the nation’s economic downturn. Broke people are broke, people. They don’t have time to wait until they’re 12 years old to start robbing frightened chicks at gunpoint in church parking lots — they love the dough. More than you know.
Maybe not the smartest idea for the kid to come back to the scene of the crime while local news is filming their segment, but cut the little dude some slack. He’s eleven.