Unfortunately, stories about people having their high tech toys (smartphone, tablet, laptop) stolen are far too common and often not the ones that make the news. Usually it’s not “newsworthy” to hear about the numerous people who had their smartphone stolen that day.
It seems last week an 8-year-old boy was punched, then had his iPad allegedly stolen by 32-year-old Aaron Stillday. Being a thief is cowardly enough, but to target an 8-year-old is especially pathetic. It’s even more reprehensible when you factor in the fact that this bottom feeder actually punched the young child.
Hearing the commotion Mohammad Armeli, who works at a Greek restaurant near the incident, was absolutely appalled by what had happened.
“Poor kid,” said Mohammad Armeli, the man who chased down the robber. “I can’t believe it, the blood was all over his face. Could have broken his nose.”
“This is the scum of the earth,” he said. “You cannot hit a child like that. Don’t hit him for his iPad, or for anything.”
Courageously Armeli chased the robber down for more than a half-mile. Unfortunately, the man who stole the iPad had apparently tossed it on the sidewalk as he tried to get away, shattering its screen.
According to Armeli, police told him that Stillday had been arrested over 60 times previously for various crimes. Stillday is being charged with first-degree aggravated robbery for the incident.
As for the child’s iPad, the family took it into a local Apple Store where they showed the video of what happened and he was given a new iPad.
So I would like to applaud Mr. Armeli for his courage to be a good samaritan (though what he did was very dangerous) and Apple for putting people before profits (at least for this instance) and giving the 8-year-old a new iPad.
In a world where horrible news is never in short supply, and even though this story contains a horrific event, it’s nice to write about someone who took it upon themselves to at least try to do the right thing and defend a child who had just been assaulted by a true scumbag.
Via WCCO News: