Before being hauled off to the police station, Reyes was held in custody for four hours at PS X114. He was then taken to the 44th Precinct station house for another six hours of interrogation.
What is most disturbing is that the parents say that police would not allow them to see their child while in custody. When they did, they found him handcuffed to a wall.
When cops finally allowed the pair to see the boy, they found the panicked kid seated in a shabby chair with his left wrist cuffed to the wall, Mendez said.
Another child later admitted to taking the money.
But quite apart from questions of guilt or innocence, keeping a seven-year old child from his parents for 10 hours (the police say it was just five) and handcuffing him to the wall seems extraordinary. And yet, the police say that such action by them is routine.
But law-enforcement sources insisted that Wilson was treated like any other young suspect.
“We responded to a 911 call of a robbery and assault … Eventually, [Wilson] was taken back to the precinct and placed in the juvenile room,” a source said.
“He was charged with robbery. The allegation was that he punched the kid and took his money. He took the money forcibly.
“The kid came into the precinct a little bit after 3 p.m., and he was out by 7:45 p.m. … That’s standard for a juvenile arrest.”
Reyes’s mistake was not stealing $5 billion because then he would have been ‘too big to jail’ and treated with great deference.