Man’s motorized wheelchair stolen outside South Side home

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A South Side man’s motorized wheelchair was stolen over the weekend leaving his family unsure of what to do next.

19-year-old Ondelee Perteet’s $20,000 dollar motorized wheelchair was stolen outside his family’s home.

Perteet was shot five years ago and since then, the quadriplegic has helped raise awareness about violence in Chicago through public speaking.  He’s also a college student, but all of that is on hold now.

He is now forced to use a manual chair.  That means, with no function of his right arm to maneuver the chair, he’s relying on others to make his way.

“It’s my legs,” he said about the chair. “I need it to get back and forth to school.  With this manual chair I have no independence.”

Mounted cameras pointed at the parking lot may offer some insight but at least for now they are hoping someone will come forward.

They have also set up a fund. Donation can be mailed to

The Determination Fund
PO Box 53598
Chicago, IL 60653


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