THE BRONX (PIX11) -- Amro Munassar would have been riding his bike with his buddies on saturday, but his blue mongoose bicycle was stolen.
At the tender age of 10, Amro got a taste of what it’s like to be the victim of a violent crime.
Just before 8 p.m. on Thursday, he started carrying his bike up the steps leading to his apartment building on the Grand Concourse at 170th Street, when a man sitting on the steps, punched him in the face, and took off with his bicycle.
“He came crying to me,” said the boy’s father, Fahmi Munassar, who had just left his job at a convenience store around the corner.
He’s hoping a nearby police camera captured the heartless thief as he ran off.
“Why would you want to hit my son? It’s not about the bike,” said Munassar.
Other parents in the morrisania neighborhood, like Tauria Seale, were outraged as well.
“The little boy got punched by an older gentleman for a bike. That’s horrible,” she exclaimed. “That’s even worse than the teenagers bullying younger kids.”
So upset by what happened, Fahmi Munassar decided to take his son back to Yemen, where at least for now, he will live with his grandparents.
Amro will have a new bicycle to pack up. It came Saturday afternoon from a big hearted customer at the store where his dad works.