Some crimes make you shake your head, but others are just plain low. How bad is your life if you have to steal from a helpless paralyzed man? 38-year old William Washington is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and he uses an iPhone to communicate with other people. He uses a special pointer that inputs messages into the iPhone. The message is converted into sound using voice technology software. Washington was in the lobby of his Staten Island apartment building when an 18-year old boy grabbed his iPhone and took off.
Washington was unable to call 911 for help, but he was able to write an email to the NYPD, which was eventually received and noted. After watching the surveillance video, the police were able to capture the thief, whose identity was not released.
Washington says that he felt “helpless” and “scarred,” adding that he now has to use an old computer to get his message across. The stolen iPhone was never recovered, but thanks to his generous friends, William Washington is getting a new one. At least this has a happy ending.
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