Boy recounts being held up by another boy with a BB gun

Boy recounts being held up by another boy with a BB gun

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a 13-year-old boy who they said threatened to shoot an 11-year-old boy with a BB gun and stole his skateboard at a Southeast Portland park Monday night.

The boy also tried to rob a 12-year-old girl and threatened to shoot an 18-year-old woman at Glenwood Park, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The 11-year-old victim, Gavin Campbell, said he gave up his skateboard when the boy threatened to shoot him.

He was with his friend Kyle Neal, also 11 years old, when the 13-year-old approached them at Glenwood Park.

Gavin said the boy walked and held the gun like a gangster.

"He points it at my face," Gavin said. "So I give it to him because I didn't want to get shot or anything."

The boys said they knew it was a BB gun because it had a clear barrel.

Just before the boy approached his friend, Kyle sensed something was wrong and hung back.

"When I heard this all happening, I tried to stay away as much as possible – like I wasn't with them. I mean it seems sort of messed up but, yeah," Kyle said.

But doing so allowed him to call his stepdad with his cellphone.

"I called my stepdad first," Kyle said. "He didn't answer. So I had to call my mom. She didn't answer. I finally called Matt, which is (Gavin's) dad." 

When Matt Campbell heard about what was happening over the phone, "I don't think I touched the ground from the backyard to the front yard, and we were in the truck (and) down here in no time," he said.

Matt and Kyle's stepdad, Ken Holland, found the boy and grabbed the BB gun and followed the boy around the park until police arrived.
 
Before the arrest, Simpson said the suspect threatened to shoot an 18-year-old woman. No shots were fired and she walked away.

The boy then approached a 12-year-old girl and demanded her iPhone, but he didn't get it. She walked away and was not hurt.

Detectives took the boy to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. He faces one count of second-degree robbery. Other charges may be added by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

Gavin's father turned the BB gun over to police.