A terrible misunderstanding led to the death of an autistic man on Friday, who was stabbed to death after moving the accused killer’s rucksack, an action his family claimed was a habit related to his disability. After walking his dog, Tyrone Padilla, 61, was discovered dead from bleeding in the stairs of his Bronx apartment at around 1:30 in the morning, according to the police.
At 1:10 in the morning, Padilla first left his residence on Creston Avenue close to East Fordham Road. Ten minutes later, he returned home safely, according to the police. At 1:21 a.m., Padilla left his apartment once more, but he did not come back.
In approximately 1:24 a.m., Padilla was observed being pursued northward on Creston Avenue by an unidentified attacker, as per the police-obtained video footage.
The same man, who authorities identified as a suspect in Padilla’s murder, was seen carrying a rucksack in earlier footage. However, the suspect had lost the backpack when he was captured on camera pursuing Padilla.
Investigators surmised that Padilla, whose relatives claim she had obsessive-compulsive disorder and autism, may have unintentionally picked up the suspect’s backpack.
“It’s possible that he accidentally picked up this person’s backpack, which led to a confrontation,” Joseph Kenny, the chief of detectives for the NYPD, said to reporters on Tuesday.
According to Kenny, Padilla’s behavior would be consistent with the action.
According to Kenny, “our victim has a habit of picking things up off the ground as part of his autistic tendencies, based on conversations with family members and other people in the building.”
We have him on camera carrying a chair at one point. It is well known that he only cleans up rubbish outside the building. Although a dagger was found at the scene, investigators believe Padilla owned it rather than using it as the murder weapon. There was no backpack found at the location. According to Kenny, police ran facial recognition software on camera footage of the suspect, but the system produced no leads. The inquiry is still on.
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