Man with autism found safe after police recover U-Haul stolen from Anaheim with him inside

Date: 2022-06-23T02:32:43+00:00




Police have found the 63-year-old man with autism who was inside a U-Haul when it was stolen from Anaheim Wednesday afternoon.

Both the man and U-Haul were located in the 3000 block of S. La Brea Boulevard in Los Angeles, the Anaheim Police Department announced Thursday.

The rented U-Haul was stolen around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday from the 3100 block of West Lincoln Avenue, according to police.

The renter told police that the vehicle was stolen while a 63-year-old man was inside. The man, identified as James Blackwood, has autism and has the mental age of about a 4 years old, the Police Department said.

In an attempt to find Blackwood, the stolen 2011 GMC box truck was entered into the stolen vehicle system and law enforcement issued a Silver Alert.

Police said Thursday morning that Blackwood was found in good health and taken to a hospital.

Police told KTLA they have not found the person responsible for the theft of the U-Haul. No suspect description was available.

The Anaheim Police Department is leading the investigation. No further details were immediately available.