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Teenager stole a man’s only means of communication from his wheelchair

A teenager stole the only means of communication for a man off his wheelchair.

William Washington of St. George, New York used an app on his iPhone 3g as a way of communicating. Washington has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic and cannot speak, according to Staten Island Advance.

Washington would use the phone to tap out messages to display to the people around him.

On November 8, Washington was in his apartment building and waiting to get into the United Cerebral Palsy office, which is only one floor below his, when 18-year-old Nakiem Sanders grabbed the phone.

The teen was caught on surveillance and identified.

NBC News 4 reports Washington was unable to call 911 so he wrote out an email to the NYPD and police made an arrest. The teen no longer had his phone but Washington’s friends have a new iPhone on the way for him.

The teen is charged with fourth degree grand larceny.

Without the phone, Washington has to use a large computer to communicate.

Washington typed this into the computer, “You shouldn’t steal from a disabled person who relies on a special device to reach out to the world.”