A brazen carjacking attempt by two boys -- ages 7 and 11 -- in a Southeast Portland church parking lot, appeared to Amy Garrett, at first, to be a joke. She thought the kids were just "being tough guys." She assumed their gun was fake.
Garrett, 22, said she was waiting in her pickup about noon Saturday for her parents outside Freedom Foursquare Church, browsing Facebook idly on her cellphone. Suddenly, from her passenger side came the profanity-laced prattling of the boys asking her what she was doing. They told her they had a gun.
"They were children," Garrett said on Sunday. "I didn't think they'd actually have a real gun."
As Portland police officers Greg Baldwin and Scott Robertson approached the boys, the 11-year-old hid the gun, shoving his hands in his pockets. Police said the 11-year-old told the younger boy to run, but officers had both boys stopped at the south side of the church.
They told the 11-year-old to keep his hands in sight. But when the boy ignored them, they grabbed his arms and recovered the gun -- cocked and loaded.
"All it would have taken was a pull on the trigger," said department spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson.
"I've never heard of a 7-year-old being involved in an armed robbery," Simpson said. "These weren't just two kids goofing around."