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Oregon boys, ages 7 and 11, accused of attempted armed robbery, police say

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(CBS/AP) PORTLAND, Ore. - Two boys, ages 7 and 11, are accused of trying to rob a woman with a loaded gun, police said Sunday.

The boys allegedly tried to carjack a 22-year-old woman who was in her family's truck waiting for her parents in a church parking lot on Saturday. The woman said the boys then demanded cash and her phone, and that the younger boy told the older one to "show her your piece."

"The woman again refused to give them anything and she drove away, calling 911. As she pulled away, she saw the 11-year-old pull the gun from his pocket," Portland police said in a statement.

The 11-year-old boy was in possession of a .22 caliber loaded handgun when officers found him in the church parking lot, police said.

"Officers told the 11-year-old to keep his hands out of his pockets but he ignored the officers and tried putting his hand back in his pocket," the police statement said. "Officers grabbed his arms and recovered a cocked and loaded .22 caliber handgun in his pocket."

The boys were placed in their family's custody due to their young age, but later that day the 11-year-old tried to escape his parents' house, police said. Officers later caught him.

Detectives are continuing to investigate how the boys obtained a gun.

  • Crimesider Staff

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