Sunday, September 22, 2013
Since this story aired Saturday, several KAKE viewers called us, expressing their want to help. Thanks to an anonymous donor, Leo now has a bicycle and money to buy a lock for it.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Leo's life changed on a bike ride to go watch a football game at a friend's house in Wichita.
"I'm nervous all the time now. I keep my eyes open," 46-year-old Leo said.
Leo, who only wants to be identified by his first name, says on September 8th, he was robbed of his bicycle. The bicycle was his means of transportation to numerous doctors appointments related to his diabetes.
"It's really difficult to get to my doctors appointments now," Leo said.
Leo says he was on a bike path under I-135 in the 700 block of N. Hydraulic. He says he was passing two black men who were walking on either side of the path.
He says the man on the left blindsided him.
"As I was going between them, he swung and hit me on the side of the head with his fist," Leo said.
Leo says he was knocked to the ground and the men demanded money, which he didn't have. He says one of them then pulled out a gun and took off with his bicycle.
Leo says the red, 18-gear bicycle, decked out with a light and a cup holder, was one of his most important possessions.
"My bike was very important to me," Leo said. "It was my means of transportation."
In fact, he says, it was his only means of transportation.
Leo hasn't had a car since he was in an accident six years ago. That accident along with his diabetes have left him on disability without a job or any other income. So, he says, he doesn't know where he'd get the money for another bike.
He's now having to walk everywhere, which is painful given his neuropathy, a medical condition related to his diabetes that affects his feet.
"Riding a bike I get to sit down and it keeps the weight off my feet," Leo said.
He says all the walking he's done since his bicycle was stolen has landed him in the hospital for three days this past week.
With his feet nearly out of commission, Leo is now hoping someone can lend him a hand.
"I can't walk much more. My feet hurt every night when I go to bed," Leo said. "My bike was real important to me."
As far as Leo knows, there has not been an arrest in the case nor have police found his bicycle. There is no further description of possible suspects.