Cory Hudson has been in a wheelchair since he was 16, but he never imagined someone would have the heart to steal the electric wheelchair he relies on two decades later.
Hudson told FOX 9 News he believes the suspects who took his brand new wheelchair wanted to scrap it for metal, but he said what really makes the crime despicable is that they ignored his cries and had the audacity to take it as he watched.
"My heart just fell," he said.
For 22 years, wheels have been Hudson's legs. He has one inside his home for getting from room to room, but his electric wheelchair connects him to his doctor and the outside world.
"I got shot in Minneapolis… in a drive-by," he explained.
In September, he got a 2013 C-300 model electric wheelchair after his arm started to go out and he began preparing for surgery; however, when he got home on Tuesday night he had to leave his new chair outside after it ran out of power.
"It needs to be charged daily," he explained. "It ran out of power in my yard."
Still, he never thought anyone would be heartless enough to take it. After asking a friend to transfer him to his home wheelchair, he was shocked to look out his back door to see the chair was no longer behind his car where he left it.
Hudson said he saw the thieves load it into their truck and speed down the alley even as he was shouting at them to stop.
"I was saying, 'Stop with my wheelchair! Please! Stop! That's my wheelchair! That's my wheelchair!'" he recalled. "They kept going like they didn't care at all."
About two hours after he filed a police report, his phone rang during the interview with FOX 9 News.
"They got my wheelchair!" Hudson exclaimed. "They got it. They got them too."
Three people were taken into custody on felony theft charges:
Yet, Hudson may have to wait a while before getting his wheelchair back. Police say they need it for evidence as they continue to investigate the case. Still, Hudson said he is happy they found it and thanked Minneapolis Police for responding as quickly as they did.