13-Year-Old Gets Lost in NYC Subway for 11 Days
"I didn't want anyone to scream at me," Francisco told the New York Times. The teenager has a form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, which causes him to struggle with social interaction, and makes it hard for him to make friends.
With just $10 and a subway pass, the young runaway lived off of water and junk food he bought from subway newsstands. He rode different trains all day and all night, saying he would have ridden them forever.
Police combed the city, and was eventually found by a transit cop at the Coney Island station 11 days after he had gone missing!
Although he wasn't harmed, Francisco's parents still worry that their son might runaway again. "I tell him: 'Talk to me. Tell me what you need. If I ever make a mistake, tell me,'" his mom said.