A 63-year-old autistic man with the mental capacity of a 4-year-old, who went missing after the U-Haul he was riding in was stolen in Anaheim, was found safe Thursday, along with the vehicle.
Anaheim Police Department officers responded about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday to the 3100 block of West Lincoln Avenue and learned from the caller that the rented box truck had been stolen from the scene with James Blackwood inside, according to the department’s Sgt. Jacob Gallacher.
Police circulated a photo of Blackwood, and sought the public’s help to find him and the suspects.
About 8 a.m. Thursday, Anaheim police reported that Blackwood and the U-Haul were found in the 3000 block of South La Brea Boulevard, in Los Angeles, and he was in good health.
Several people were detained at the scene according to a broadcast report. It was not immediately known if the person who stole the truck was in custody, Gallacher told City News Service.
The person who stole the truck was described as a white female with a thin build and long straight blonde hair, last seen wearing a bandanna over her face.
The U-Haul is a 2011 10-foot GMC box truck with the Arizona license plate AE23468. Anyone with information on the crime was asked to call 911 or the Anaheim Police Department at 714-765-1900.