NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 9-year-old boy who got separated from his family at the Central Park Zoo says being lost for two hours in New York City was the greatest day of his life.
The New York Daily News reported that Chris Villavicencio, of Union City, New Jersey, got separated from his parents and younger sister Saturday afternoon.READ MORE: NYC Primary: All Eyes On City's Economic Recovery As Voters Decide All 5 Borough President Positions
He left the zoo and wandered around Times Square until police found him at the Port Authority Bus Terminal more than a mile away. The boy is mildly autistic, law enforcement officials told the paper.
Meanwhile, the boy’s panicked parents reported him missing to police in Central Park.
When the family was reunited, Chris’s father clutched him tightly and wept.READ MORE: Travel Experts Say Major Airlines Forced To Cancel Flights Were Unprepared For Issues Like Pilot Shortage
The boy told the Daily News, “This was the greatest day of my life because this was the first day I was at the police station!”
Officers treated him to yogurt.
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