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Jun 7, 2014 1:11 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Police looking for suspect who assaulted mentally disabled 19-year-old

TUCSON - Police are looking for a man who assaulted a mentally disabled 19 year old at a fast food restaurant Friday morning.

It happened near Grant and Silverbell and the victim's mother, Victoria Sanchez, is seeking answers. She is outraged that someone would target her son Jamie.

"They're not sure why the person did it... They just know he drove up, ran in, kicked him in the face and ran out to his car and drove away," Sanchez said.

The assault took place at a fast food restaurant on Tucson's west side around 8 a.m. Friday. Police were called and Jamie was taken to a nearby hospital to receive several stitches on his face.

"He has mental retardation. He has autism. He has epilepsy and he also has a bipolar disorder so he can be up and down. He can be super happy and then he can be crying in the same five minutes," Sanchez said.

Jamie was on his way to a recreational program for developmental and emotionally disabled adults. He was dropped off by the transportation service Handi-Car

"Handi-Car is supposed to wait with him and they did not," Sanchez said.

News 4 Tucson called Handi-car management for comment. So far, our calls have not been returned.

"He doesn't know his name and he has a card on it at all times that says it but he doesn't have the capacity.... So that's their job to get from A to B safely and they failed at the B part," Sanchez said.

A police report was file din the assault case but Sanchez hopes that if anyone saw anything or knows anything about the man behind the assault to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.


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