A 13-year-old boy robbed a 7-year-old of his prized Christmas gift - a battery-powered scooter - in the Bayview district Sunday afternoon, police said.
The teenaged suspect grabbed 7-year-old Xavier Abram's neck, pushed him off the scooter and then rode off with the wheels around 4:15 p.m., police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said Monday. Abram had been riding the scooter on Oakdale Avenue near Ingalls Street, which is close to his home, he said.
The attack happened after Abram declined the 13-year-old's request to ride the scooter, Dangerfield said.
"The boy told the officers, 'Santa bought this motorcycle for me for Christmas because I was good at home and in school,'" he said.
The young boy's aunt brought him to the police station to file a report.
"He wasn’t injured, but he was scared," Dangerfield said.
The boy told police the assailant wore a T-shirt and red-and-black pajama pants.
There have been no arrests in the case, police said.
Abram's aunt, Romona Burton, took the theft as an opportunity to teach the boy a lesson on how to take action after crimes. She said she asked Abrams if he wanted to file a police report, then had Abrams write down what happened before they went to the police station.
"We wanted him to know that you can take action," Burton said. "Especially in our community, people don't do anything about stuff like that. You kind of chalk that off as a loss."
Burton said she doesn't think the scooter will be returned.
Several family members described Abram, a student at Edison Elementary School in the Mission district, as a beloved, good-natured boy who deserved his gift from Santa Claus.
“I know how excited he was to get the scooter for Christmas and how much he totally deserved it because he really is a good kid," said Rayna Coats, another aunt.
Burton said the theft is especially upsetting since "he still believes in Santa Claus."
After receiving the gift of a scooter, Abram gave his bike to his cousin, Burton said.
The boy and his family plan to put up missing scooter fliers around the neighborhood in hopes of retrieving the prized gift.