A 17-year-old boy in a wheelchair was bound and his 70-year-old father threatened with a gun by two men who broke into their Near North Side home Friday afternoon and took cash, jewelry, other valuables and the family van.
The father had gone out to pick up some food and returned to the residence in the 1300 block of North Cleveland Avenue about 4:45 p.m., police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.
“When he entered the residence he was approached by (a man) armed with a .9mm handgun,” Mirabelli said. “He threatened the 70-year-old man, while the second offender rummaged through his pants, taking cash and other items.”
The men then demanded to know where valuables in the home were, Mirabelli said.
They bound the 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and was in a wheelchair, then rummaged through the home, taking jewelry and other items, as well as the keys to the family’s van, a 2000 Ford, Mirabelli said.
The two men then fled in the van. Police were still searching for the men, described only as two black men in their early- to mid-20s, Saturday. The 70-year-old man and his son were not injured in the incident, police said.
Belmont Area detectives are investigating.