HPD: Robber knocked toddler down and stole his iPad
HOUSTON – Houston police are asking for help to find the thug who stole an iPad from a toddler.
“It’s pretty deplorable when the victim is a two-year-old child,” said Senior Officer Ken Nealy with HPD.
The robbery happened on April 19 at a washateria in the 8600 block of Tidwell.
The suspect approached the 2-year-old boy outside his mother’s vehicle and knocked him to the ground.
“Can clearly see that the suspect reaches down takes the iPad from the child, and in doing so he kind of gives him a shove and the child falls to the ground,” Nealy said.
He grabbed the child’s iPad and ran away.
“He put his hands on my child. He’s a baby! He’s two!” said the victim’s mother.
The mother was doing her laundry at the washateria and carrying clothes back and forth when the robbery happened.
She said her 7-year-old daughter was also frightened.
“She scared to go outside,” the mother said. “She don’t want to play at the park unless I’m right there.”
She’s grateful her children weren’t seriously hurt, but said the toddler misses his iPad.
“The only thing is, ‘Where is my iPad?’ Every day. ‘My iPad, my iPad, mommy. My iPad’” the mother said.
“I have a two-year-old and by God you better not ever let me see you,” said Barbra Jackson, a nearby resident. “I’m going to call tips on you so if you’re hiding you better be like Osama bin Laden, you better hide underground!”
“You should be ashamed of yourself! Where is your mother?!” said another woman.
Police think the suspect is part of a duo wanted for recent purse and cell phone snatchings in the area.
“I’ve chased a lot of crooks but this is probably the biggest thug I’ve ever seen. To see some man knock a two-year-old child to the ground to take an iPad,” Nealy said.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with short hair and a very thin build. He was wearing blue shorts and a striped shirt. Police believe he’s in his late teens.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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