Homeless man sees a 6-year-old boy without clothes and invited him 'to his shelter'

Pedro Marrero
Apr 12, 2018
05:40 A.M.
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The boy had been missing from his San Jose, California home for almost 24 hours while they searched for him.


The boy’s name is Sergio Zepeda, and he suffers from autism. For some reason, he had stripped off all his clothes and managed to get across train tracks until he stumbled upon a makeshift homeless encampment.

According to a Daily Mail report, Jose Salmeron, who lives there with his wife, looked out his tent in the early hours of the morning when he heard a sound, and saw the boy.

Little Sergio is non-verbal, and his mum only realized he’d gone missing when she noticed things were a bit too quiet, and the garage door had been left open.

Sergio had either taken his clothes off on his travels, or left them at home, and when Salmeron saw him, he, his wife, and his friends got Sergio some food, water and wrapped him in a blanket while calling the police.



Salmeron said he gave him a warm place to rest, a sweater, a doughnut and some water while they waited for police to arrive. According to Salmeron, Zepeda kept walking in circles and did not talk.

Even though San Jose Police searched for the missing boy for nearly 24 hours in and around his neighborhood, Sergio managed to wander into a graffiti-marred encampment of makeshift tents early that day.

His trek took him over Communications Hill and across a railroad track before stumbling into the encampment. He had also managed to shed all his clothes and a diaper.


Salmeron called 911 shortly after because he knew something was wrong. Sergio kept walking around in circles and because of his autism, he was unable to speak.


While Salmeron said that he and his friends were simply doing the right thing, members of the police department wish to nominate him for the Good Samaritan award and reward him for his good deed.

Police say Zepeda was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution but was otherwise in good health. There he was reunited with his family.

Zepeda’s mother’s boyfriend, Bony Sanchez, told in an interview that the three were at home together when the boy vanished at about 9 a.m. He was found at .around 4 a.m. the next day.