At about 4:30 p.m. on April 25, the 111th Precinct received a 911 call from a public school custodian who informed officers that an adolescent was running around the Little Neck neighborhood alone. When police arrived at the scene, the boy was found by himself in a fenced park of Public School 94, located at 41-77 Little Neck Pkwy.
“When we arrived we realized the child was autistic and not able to communicate. There was no sign of parents or guardians. Concerned for his well-being, we walked with him into our police vehicle so that we can search and bring him to his caretakers,” said Police Officer Daniel Kim in reference to the heroic effort.
“We kindly approached him using body language, we were able to bring him to the vehicle and he was happy,” he added. “Absolutely, he was very comfortable.”
Kim and his partner, Police Officer Nick Leo, drove around the neighborhood with the boy in search of his loved ones. While they canvassed the area, Kim created a paper plane for the child.
After about 30 minutes of driving around, the officers received an emergency call stating that a man was searching for his missing relative at a nearby shopping center. The dynamic duo were then able to find the child’s worried uncle at a local Stop and Shop, a short distance from the park.
“[The child’s uncle] was a little surprised at first that we were able to find him … To be able to find or reconnect with your family member is probably an unbelievable feeling. We’re glad that we’re able to assist accordingly,” Kim said. “We’re also doing our best not only as a member of NYPD but as a member of the community. It was a good moment.”