A 15-year-old autistic boy from Westchester County who was missing for nearly two weeks has been found in East Harlem, police said.
Jonathan Bryant, who has Asperger's and is fully functional, was allegedly caught shoplifting in a Target in the Manhattan neighborhood Monday evening.
Police had been looking for him since his mother reported him missing from his Mount Vernon home early Aug. 8 when she returned home from work and he was gone; he was last seen around 2:30 p.m. the day before.
Bryant was taken to a youth facility. Over the 11 days he was missing, police said he slept outside in parks and panhandled to survive.
His condition wasn't immediately known.
Police had said Bryant was fascinated by trains and had been known to board them and travel to New York City. He had been reported missing six or seven times before. Police previously found him in Co-Op City, hanging out at a shopping complex and on trains; other times he had called his mother and she went to pick him up.
The boy's cellphone was left at home in this case.