Mother: Robbers tied up boy with autism
A Bronx mother says her 7-year-old son with autism was attacked during a robbery on 181st Street near Arthur Avenue.
Lorry Gonzalez, the boy's mother, says her son was with their adult neighbor when the incident happened Thursday around 3:30 pm.
Police tell News 12 that two suspects followed the boy and his older neighbor home and ambushed them. They say the suspects tied the boy, Caleb Gonzalez, with his own shoelaces and pistol whipped the second victim, Robert Ross.
"They hit him in the head," Gonzalez says. "He has little cuts. He was tied up. They could have hurt my son really bad and, you know, I really felt bad for my neighbor that he really got hurt."
Ross, who is 66 years old, had a severe gash on his head from the incident. He was also tied up with rope inside of Caleb's bedroom.
The suspects stole a safe with thousands of dollars in it along with some of Caleb's childhood keepsakes.
Police have not yet identified any suspects but News 12 was told that a cellphone was left at the scene by one of the suspects. Investigators are now using that phone to track them down.