“Yo, That’s The Kid!”
by Thomas MacMillan | Jan 10, 2013 12:17 pm
Posted to: Fair Haven
Barber Luis Rivera was cutting a customer’s blowout when he happened to glance out the window of Grand Avenue’s Xplicit Hair Studios and saw a missing 10-year-old boy.
“Yo, that’s the kid!” Rivera (pictured) shouted. He and Michael Cuevas, another barber, rushed out of the shop and caught the boy after a short chase down the street.
The boy, Jacob Wilson, had been missing since Wednesday afternoon. He apparently spent the evening at a friend’s house.
Jacob usually takes the bus home from Troup School to the Hill each afternoon. Wednesday afternoon he walked away from school instead—and then was reported missing.
Jacob lives with his father on Sylvan Avenue. He had never been known to go missing before. He sometimes hangs out at the downtown library. Cops went there looking for him Wednesday, but he wasn’t there. The boy didn’t have a cell phone.
At school the boy was known as a quiet kid who didn’t cause trouble and largely keeps to himself.
Authorities issued a “silver alert” seeking public help to locate him.
Cuevas (pictured), who’s 32, saw the alert on WTNH, and posted it to his Facebook page Thursday morning with the word “Help!” He said he was motivated by the fact that he’s the father of a 9-year-old girl.
When Cuevas heard Rivera shout on Thursday morning, he pulled out his iPhone and looked at the picture again. Sure enough, that was the missing boy, Jacob. (Rivera had seen the photo of Jacob, too.)
Cuevas and Rivera dropped what they were doing and ran out to the sidewalk. They called after Jacob, who looked frightened and started running west on Grand Avenue.
Cuevas and Rivera caught up to him. Rivera put his arm around the boy, who was still looking to escape.
“We’re just trying to help you,” Rivera told Jacob.
Cuevas showed the boy the alert on his iPhone. “Hey, you’re everywhere!,” he said. “Everybody’s worried about you.”
They convinced Jacob to come back to the barber shop. Cuevas called the cops, who showed up within five minutes, he said.
Cuevas said Jacob seemed shy and frightened when the cops showed up.
“We just want every kid to be safe,” Cuevas said.
At 11:30 a.m. Rivera was back at work on another blowout.
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great job by those barber. It was great that they ran after him and detained him so he can be reunited with his family. I know if it was my son I would be terrified if he went missing.
Thank you Barbers. If they would allow it you should post their pictures and names they are hero’s
Talk about multi-tasking…not only was the barber focused on the intricacies of his immediate job, he also had the presence of mind to notice the young boy on the street and then committed to taking positive action. One may argue whether or not this was an act of heroism - it certainly was an act of caring and benevolence. Great job!
Mr. Cuevas and Rivera Thank you for care, I was passing by at the time and I saw the police. So glad to heard that my community get recognized for who they are; people who cares.
What was his reason for not going home and If he did spent the evening at a friend’s house,How come that parent did not ask him did you parents know you are hear and call them to see if they knew he was here.