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Replacement Wheelchair Donated to Boy Whose Chair Was Stolen

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    News 4's Chris Gordon reports on the search for the person who stole a 4-year-old boy's wheelchair Sunday. After surveillance video of the theft aired, there was an enormous show of support and the Prince George's County family received a replacement wheelchair Friday. (Published Friday, April 17, 2015)

    A young boy whose wheelchair was stolen from his apartment complex received a replacement wheelchair Friday, thanks to a mother who was moved to tears by the theft.

    Joshua Romero, 4, had his wheelchair stolen this week by a man caught on surveillance video. Police are seeking help and asking anyone who might recognize the thief to contact them.

    “He doesn’t have a heart,” Capt. Ken Humbel, of the Prince George’s County police, said. “He knew what he was doing, taking a wheelchair. Not only from a handicapped person, but a handicapped child.”

    Nikisha Marshall, of College Park, and her son, Emmanuel, 11, decided to help out Joshua. They donated a wheelchair that didn’t fit Emmanuel anymore.

    “I was sick. I was sickened,” Nikisha Marshall said. “It was very hurtful, and I did cry.”

    The replacement wheelchair was delivered and accepted by the Prince George’s County Police Department. The Romero family is very grateful for the donation.

    “Bless her and her family,” said Brenda Romero, Joshua’s mom. “Thank you, Emmanuel, for giving Joshua your wheelchair. He’s happy to use it.”