PORTLAND -- An 11-year-old boy arrested in downtown Portland last week for allegedly brandishing a handgun on a MAX train will likely be released to live with an aunt, under state supervision.
A judge on Monday ordered the boy to wear a GPS bracelet and be supervised by the state. The boy will also be allowed to leave juvenile custody to live with his aunt if the Department of Human Services approves her home as a foster care placement.
The boy's mother said the family has been struggling and pleaded for help from the courts.
The alleged gun incident occurred last Thursday night. Transit police were dispatched about 8:20 p.m. to the Old Town/Chinatown MAX stop on a report of someone with a gun on the train, said Sgt. Pete Simpson.Officers learned that a group of boys and girls, including two boys age 11 and 13, had been in a dispute with a passenger.
One of the boys had reportedly bumped into a woman's baby stroller when getting on the train and an argument broke out.
During this dispute, the 11-year-old reportedly lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun in his waistband, which he began to pull out, Simpson said.
“The boy kicked my stroller, knocked my soda and I told him it was really rude,” Anisa said.
“He’ll smack the (expletive) stuff off my face and that’s when he stood up like he was going to do something.”
The woman called 9-1-1 and the train stopped in Old Town. Police said they took away a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun from the child's waistband.
The 13-year-old had a BB gun in his backpack, police said. He was also taken into custody.
"I think it's disturbing," said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch, "When you think about transit as a reflection of the community, and what happens in the community well, at times will happen on transit. An 11-year-old. Wow. You think, 'What has our community come to?'"
Shaquita Louis, the boy's mother, pleaded for him to be released into the custody of an aunt, as first reported in The Oregonian.
Louis is the mother of Yashanee Vaughn, whose body was found just a few hundred yards off Rocky Butte Road in July, about four months after she disappeared. Vaughn's boyfriend, 14-year-old Parrish Bennette, is charged with her murder.
(KGW Reporter Katherine Cook contributed to this report.)