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Chula Vista man reunited with missing wheelchair, suspect arrested

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CHULA VISTA (CBS 8) – A man whose wheelchair was stolen a month ago had it returned to him Wednesday after the arrest of a suspect pretending to be a good Samaritan.

Nothing like getting around in your old wheels. Fifty-year-old Richard Young had been relying on a rented motorized chair for a month, because a would-be good Samaritan stole his.

"We hope that he goes to jail for life, the rest of his life," Young's mother Patricia Chamberlain said.

"He's totally disabled. He can barely move around. I think that is just wrong," Young's nephew Brandon Young said.

As we were working on a story Wednesday about the missing wheelchair, Chula Vista police called and told the Youngs they found the $10,000 motorized chair down the street at another apartment complex.

"Feels good," Richard said.

Richard's condition makes it difficult for him to speak, but he says he has been is in a rented chair for about a month. On September 7, he had a seizure as he was headed home in his Tacha Sahara motorized wheelchair at around 2 a.m. A passerby called 911, and as Richard was being loaded into an ambulance, the man told him he would take his wheelchair to Richard's home.

"He came home from the hospital, he said the guy was supposed to bring the wheelchair here," Patricia said.

But that never happened. Chula Vista police tracked down a suspect after receiving a tip about an ad selling a wheelchair for $1,200 online. Once officers met with the man, he called a friend he called "Joe Joe," who showed up in the wheelchair just a few blocks from where it was stolen.

Officers took the suspect, identified as Joseph Marshall, into custody for grand theft, as well as possession of methamphetamine.

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