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Special needs teen assaulted, robbed the day after Christmas

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 10:00:30-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — It was the day after Christmas and all through the house, kids were playing with their new toys, except for 14-year-old Ethan Prilliman.

Ethan was being assaulted by someone he thought was a friend.

Ethan's mother, Misty Long, thought nothing of it when a teen her son's age showed up at the door.

"A young boy came to our house, rang the doorbell and asked for Ethan," Long said. "Ethan knew him."

So, Long let Ethan leave with the teen, not knowing what lied ahead.

“His father received text messages, very mean hateful text messages," Long said. "And I also received text messages. So, I immediately knew something was wrong.”

Someone attacked Ethan at the school playground. They took Ethan's phone and Ethan ran to a neighbor's house to call 911.

Ethan is autistic and has ADHD. Long believes the teens used that to lure Ethan to the school.

The Broken Arrow Police Department is investigating, and considers the case a robbery. They are not releasing the names of the juveniles involved.


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