OKLAHOMA CITY — A mother is desperate to find who is responsible for robbing her 14-year-old son with autism. The thieves, armed with a knife, demanded the teen’s wallet, phone and bicycle.
They only got away with the bike, but it was a bicycle he had worked all summer to buy.
Tuesday, 14-year-old Coleman Osbon ran home to tell his mother what happened.
Right then, with the help of police, she became determined to find whoever did this to her son and hopefully get his bike back.
Coleman rode his brand new bike to a gas station near 12th and Janeway. It’s a place he’s always felt safe, until Tuesday.
“They pulled the knife out and the other kid had brass knuckles and they were like get off the bike!’ says Coleman. “I said no, why are you taking my bike?”
Coleman says he washed cars for months to earn enough money to buy that bike.
“I was like please don’t take my bike!” says Coleman.
His mother Lisa Osbon says, “He worked all summer to save and buy his own bike. I’m very proud of him. It was very special to him and he earned it on his own.”
Coleman’s mother says the robbery is scary enough for any parent, but her son has autism, and she had no idea how he would react.
“We’re lucky that he took the guy seriously and didn’t try to protect his bike,” says Osbon. “Which is what he would normally do.”
Since Tuesday, she’s been relentless in finding the two men who robbed her son. She’s turned to social media to share their story. A surveillance picture was released by police, showing two men, who officers want to talk with, in connection with the crime.
“They’ve gotta be somebody’s neighbor. They’ve got to be someone’s child,” says Osbon. “They’ve got to be related to somebody. Somebody is going to recognize them. So he can feel safe again.”
Osbon won’t stop until that happens.
“It worries me because the kids can’t ride their bikes just up to the corner store,” says Osbon.
Coleman and his mother have been working closely with police, but so far have no leads. If you have any information that may lead officers to the two men in the surveillance image, call Moore CrimeStoppers at (405) 793-5160 immediately.