11-Year-Old Carjacking Suspect's Father Arrested
The father of an 11-year-old Portland boy accused of an attempted carjacking has been arrested for leaving a gun where his son could access it. Police got a warrant and searched the home near Southeast 162nd and Alder this morning along with a vehicle. They recovered a .22 Derringer pistol.
The boy, along with a 7-year-old are accused of trying to carjack a 22-year-old woman in a church parking lot this past Saturday. She says the older boy flashed the loaded gun and threatened to shoot her if she didn't hand over her belongings. The younger boy was toting bullets in a backpack. She was able to drive off uninjured.
A new ordinance was passed last year that punishes those who provide guns to juveniles. The arrest of 34-year-old Joseph Charlton is the first under that law. He's a convicted felon and faces a list of new charges. Three of Charlton's kids, ages 4, 9 and the 11-year-old are in the custody of Oregon DHS.
The other boy's fate remains in question. Because of their age, the juvenile court system could not hold the boys over the weekend. A judge could later make that decision if it's deemed in their best interest.