East Portland

Police: Boy with machete steals headphones, someone else returns them

Police: Boy with machete steals headphones, someone else returns them
Police at the scene of the robbery on Wednesday morning.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Adam Hampton was walking in Southeast Portland early Wednesday morning when a black Ford Expedition pulled alongside him.

Hampton was wearing headphones, which caught the eye of somebody in the SUV. The vehicle stopped and a 17-year-old boy armed with a machete hopped out and demanded the headphones, according to police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Hampton handed over the headphones, the boy got back in the SUV and took off, Simpson said. Hampton then called 9-1-1.

Apparently someone in the SUV felt guilty, however, because the vehicle returned soon afterwards. Another man – not the original suspect – got out and gave Hampton his headphones back with an apology.

The SUV took off again, but this time police officers tracked the occupants down and stopped them. There were six people in the SUV, Simpson said, including the suspect with the machete. Officers found the weapon and arrested the boy.

He was taken to a juvenile detention facility and faces a first degree robbery charge.

The robbery happened at SE 159th Avenue and Main Street around 1:50 a.m.