Van For Paralyzed Teen Stolen

CHICAGO (CBS) — A run of horrible luck continues for a paralyzed Chicago teenager.

The specially-made van he used for transportation was stolen by thieves from the 600 block of East 43rd Street before 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The teen’s mom, Deetreena Perteet, looked out her bedroom window only to see the family van — the only vehicle she’s ever owned — being driven away.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my God, my son’s going to be devastated.’ I don’t have any way to get him out. That’s his lifeline,” she told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.

The family’s 1998 red Dodge minivan was equipped to transport her son Ondelee Perteet’s wheelchair.

Car dealership owner Jerry Moore gave the family the van after Ondelee, a Chicago Public Schools student, was shot after breaking up a fight. The 2009 shooting left him paralyzed. He’s slowly regaining movement and needs the van to get to physical therapy.

“I use that van for everything. I need to go pick up his medications, from Walgreens, I need to go grocery shopping for the kids — you know, family outings,” his mother says. “We still want to have a life.”

Police sent out a “flash message” with a description of the stolen vehicle but as of noon Thursday, it has not been found.

Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire

  • albert stanley

    The building has cameras all around.police do a great job on 43st. Police will get them.

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  • rukinngme

    Samariah Smith, Nation of Islam member ask Farrakhan for a van. Not only does he need a van but he needs new “inspirations” too! LIL Wayne??? 4 babies 2 born 2 months apart! And then this. In 2008, Lil Wayne was arrested alongside two others. His tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol near Yuma, Az. A K-9 Unit recovered (3.7 oz) of marijuana, almost (1.0 oz) of cocaine, 41 grams of MDMA, and $22,000 in cash. Lil Wayne was charged with 4 felonies: possession of narcotic drug FOR SALE, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving WEAPONS and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was granted permission to travel outside of the state and remain out of custody on the $10,185 bond he posted. In 2008, Wayne returned to court in Az. to plead not guilty to the charges. A warrant was issued in 2010 when Lil Wayne did not show for a final trial management conference. However, the rapper was ALREADY IN PRISON, serving a year-long sentence in Rikers on WEAPONS charges. In 2010 Wayne plead GUILTY to the charges. As part of the plea deal he may serve 36 months of probation. In 2010, he was sentenced to 3 years probation. In 2009, production company RMF Productions filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against Wayne, following a $100,000 advance payment for three shows, all of which were cancelled by the artist. HE WAS SHOT AND THIS IS HIS INSPIRATION?

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