Silent Witness: Man punches boy and steals his bike in west Phoenix

Posted at 8:55 AM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 10:05:08-04

Silent Witness is asking for the public's help in identifying a man who reportedly punched a 10-year-old boy and then stole his bicycle.

Authorities say on February 24, a boy was riding his bike in the area of 51st Avenue and Thomas Road when 18-year-old Angel Lopez approached him from behind. 

Lopez reportedly punched the boy in the stomach causing him to fall off his bike. As the boy was on the ground, Lopez rode away on the bike. 

The family of the boy then located Lopez on the bike and confronted him. Lopez threatened the family by acting like he had a handgun.

He dropped the bike and ran away before officers arrived. 

Phoenix police say Lopez may be armed. He is described as Hispanic, 5'6" tall and weighing 135 pounds. Lopez has black hair and brown eyes. 

Silent Witness says Lopez has a separate warrant out for his arrest. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 480-WITNESS. 

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