Deputies: Man with autism beaten, robbed in Tampa

Terrell Newton, jail booking photo

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a Tampa man, who has autism, was trying to make friends on a basketball court was beaten and robbed.

The 22-year-old man was approached and explained his disability while playing basketball Sunday in Tampa when he was grabbed by the throat and had his cell phone and shoes stolen.

Hillsborough County deputies said when he tried to recover the items, he was kicked and punched.

Deputies charged 25-year-old Terrell Newton and a 16-year-old accomplice with robbery and abuse of a disabled adult.

Jail documents don’t list a lawyer for Newton.

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