Thief robs disabled man at Dunkin Donuts

It's a pretty despicable crime, stealing from a disabled teen.

Now Phoenix Police are asking for your help in tracking down a man who did just that, he stole a wallet, phone, and coffee mug from a teen who has cerebral palsy.

"I'd like to punch him in the nose," said Lori Stuart.

That is what the mother of a 17-year-old boy who was robbed at a Dunkin Donuts store earlier this month says she would do to the thief.

Practically every morning Edson Stuart walks to the Dunkin Donuts at 41st Street and Thomas. It's the only thing he does by himself on a regular basis.

Last Sunday police say a man who was captured on surveillance video, first asked to use the teen's cell phone. The suspect then didn't give the iPhone back.

Police say after the suspect took Edson's cell phone, he told Edson to get on a city bus with him because he was going to get him another phone.

"He said to me, we'll go and get you a new cell phone, and I said ok," said Edson Stuart.

While they were on the sidewalk, the suspect then snatched Edson's wallet.

"It was in this one, he ripped this off my neck, and he took the wallet," said Edson.

The only thing in it was a Dunkin Donuts gift card. The suspect even took Edson's refillable coffee cup, before speeding off on a bike. Edson wasn't hurt, and now police hope someone recognizes the robber and turns himself in.

"We have been praying for him every day because that is the best thing I could do so I don't get really, really, angry, there is a special place for him," said Lori.

Dunkin Donuts gave Edson a new cup and gift card. Edson says he's looking forward to using them.

"He still goes to Dunkin Donuts, he's not afraid, and I'm not going to let him stop doing that," she said.

The suspect is described as an 18-20-year-old male, who left the scene on a green and black bike.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness.
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