Renton police are asking for the public’s help in finding a pair of handcycles stolen from a disabled veteran.
Ernie Butler returned to his North Renton apartment on November 7 to discover that his tricycle had been stolen from his secured apartment parking garage.
The tricycle is no ordinary three wheeler; it is a Top End “Force R” model, a bright red racing handcycle.
Butler was once an Air Force para-rescue specialist and a competitive skydiver until a 1995 mid-air accident left him paralyzed below the waist.
Now the Executive Director of the Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, Butler is pictured in the foreground above on the stolen handcycle.
Butler has used the handcycle to complete the 205 mile Seattle To Portland Bicycle Classic five times, and has also cycled the 150 mile Washington Bike MS Benefit Ride six times.
Thieves also stole Butler's second handcycle, a silver Freedom Ryder "lean steer" tricycle, whose rear axle can twist from side to side to allow the rider to maneuver.
If you have any information about the stolen handcycles, please contact the Renton Police Department at (425) 430-7529 reference case 12-12142.