Boy loses new scooter — but story might have happy ending 

Seven-year-old Bayview district resident Xavier Abram said Santa Claus gave him exactly what he wanted this Christmas — a battery-powered scooter — because he has been a good boy.

But on Sunday afternoon, the child learned the harsh reality about having valuable possessions when a teenage boy assaulted Xavier and stole his scooter as he was riding the prized gift near his home on Oakdale Avenue, police said.

The suspect, who Xavier said may have been about 13 years old, grabbed his neck, pushed him off the scooter and rode away around 4:15 p.m., police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said Monday. The attack happened after Xavier declined the teen’s request to ride the scooter, which Xavier’s father described as a $180 Razor pocket bike.

“The boy told the officers, ‘Santa bought this motorcycle for me for Christmas because I was good at home and in school,’” Dangerfield said.

Xavier was not injured in the robbery, “but he was scared,” Dangerfield said.

In the police report, Xavier said the assailant wore a T-shirt and red-and-black pajama pants. Xavier, a student at Edison Elementary School in the Mission district, later told The San Francisco Examiner that he was riding his scooter next to a neighborhood church when it was stolen. The suspect “just pushed me off and got it,” Xavier said.

The boy and his family put up fliers around the neighborhood, hoping the community will help find the stolen scooter, according to Xavier’s aunt Romona Burton.

“We wanted him to know that you can take action,” she said. “Especially in our community, people don’t do anything about stuff like that. You kind of chalk that off as a loss.”

However, the story might have a happy ending after all.

On Monday, after The Examiner published Xavier’s story on its website, a reader offered to buy the boy a new scooter. Stuart Kesselman, 50, who owns a ticket agency in The City, called it his first good deed of the new year. He was put in touch with Burton on Monday.

“Living in the Bayview has to be an adventure that nobody in the real world of San Francisco will ever understand,” Kesselman said.

Several family members described Xavier as a beloved, good-natured boy. After receiving the scooter on Christmas, he gave his bike to his cousin because he would not need it anymore, Burton said.

“I know how excited he was to get the scooter for Christmas and how much he totally deserved it because he really is a good kid,” said Rayna Coats, another aunt.

Burton said the theft is especially upsetting since “he still believes in Santa Claus.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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