THIS image was taken moments before a robbery which has left a teenage boy too scared to travel to the city centre alone.
The CCTV picture shows a man wanted by police in connection with the theft of the 16-year-old victim’s phone.
The boy. who has Asperger’s Syndrome, remains too frightened to go to Central Milton Keynes two months after he was accosted.
This week his mother told the Citizen just how long lasting the effects of crime can really be.
Her son, who is too scared to be named, missed three weeks of college after the November 4 robbery and even considered leaving altogether.
Mum Cara said: “He came straight home and he couldn’t speak, he was hysterical. He said someone had taken his phone and he didn’t understand why no one had helped him.
“He got off the bus from his dads, and was cutting through thecentre:mk from The Point to get home.”
Cara said the attacker then stopped her son and said he needed 50p before adding: ‘Let me have a look at your phone’.
The teen was then threatened with violence before his mobile was stolen.
“Over the last 18 months he has really come out of himself,” Cara added.
“That positive attitude and his confidence have been ruined in just two minutes. He doesn’t trust anyone again and that is heartbreaking considering the effort we had put in as a family.
“These people don’t think of the effects of their crime, it’s just not what normal people do.”
It is not the first time the victim has had to cope with the aftermath of a violent crime.
At the age of just 13, he was approached on Conniburrow and threatened with a knife before being forced to hand over his basketball.
Cara is now urging people to look at the CCTV images, showing a man police would like to speak to in connection with the incident, and come forward with any information.
PC Gavin Toney, of Local CID in Milton Keynes, said: “We are keen to speak to the man in the CCTV image as he was seen nearby and we believe he can help with our enquiries.
“The victim, who has Asperger Syndrome, was very distressed following this incident and this has impacted on his day to day life considerably.”
Any potential witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.