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Father Of Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police have arrested the father of the 11-year-old Portland boy who is accused of trying to rob a woman with a loaded pistol.

Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says a search warrant was issued Tuesday and Joseph Charlton was taken into custody. The 34-year-old is the first person to be arrested under a city ordinance prohibiting adults from leaving unsecured firearms where minors can access them.

Police say two boys — the 11-year-old who had the gun and a 7-year-old — tried to carjack a woman Saturday in a church parking lot. The woman drove away and was not injured.

The 11-year-old has been taken into protective custody along with Charlton’s other children — a 4-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

The mother has not been charged.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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