Man steals cell phone mom was selling for son's brain surgery

Man steals cell phone mom was selling for son's brain surgery

EVERETT, Wash. -- Eleven year old Jayden can count off his numerous brain surgeries by the scars and hardware. 

"The bolts are right here," he says, tracing his fingers across his forehead.  "Then the staples," he says, pointing out a place near his temple.

Soon, he'll add another surgery to the list, as doctors try to correct a problem that could trigger a stroke.
 
"What did my teacher call me? Brave kid," Jayden said.

"Yes, you are a brave kid," his mom Lisa agreed.

Jayden isn't the only brave one in the family.  Lisa just tried fighting off a violent crook.

Lisa put her Samsung Galaxy S4 on Craigslist to help cover mounting medical bills. 

"My husband's the only one working," Lisa explained. "With Jayden's diagnosis last year and my back injury as well as other things going on, we needed the money."

When a man responded to the ad, he asked why she'd get rid of it.  So Lisa told him about Jayden's upcoming brain surgery and he agreed to meet at the Broadway Condominiums on 100th St. SW Wednesday evening.

Police say the man arrived, pulled up the hood on his sweatshirt outside the building then went in to meet her. When the man was handed the phone, he examined it, then turned to run outside.

"I grab on to the back of his hoodie and he runs over here and is pulling at me, that's when he turns around and tries to punch me," Lisa said.

The man slipped out of the sweatshirt, then ran to a waiting car and sped off, police said.

Detectives say the sweatshirt had a screwdriver and pepper spray inside -- all impounded as evidence.

The man could have used them as weapons, but Lisa says her phone was worth fighting for - because her son Jayden is worth fighting for.  "He's been the one who holds everything together, telling me it's going to be okay," she said.

The theft was caught on surveillance camera and the robber is described as a Hispanic man in his late teens to early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a blue and white shirt, with a dark hooded sweatshirt, and left in a silver sedan.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Everett Police Department tip line at (425) 257-8450 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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