The parents of a teen accused of robbing two Cape Vincent Stores yesterday, are saying their son needs psychiatric help.
It was an emotional plea from Rafael Cabrera, the father of 18 year old Rafael Cabrera Jones. The father says he hopes his son, who has never been in trouble with the law before, can have a second chance. He says Cabrera Jones has been in and out of mental facilities for years and was just treated at a facility in Puerto Rico before coming to visit him in Cape Vincent.
"Sometimes he cannot sleep. That's the reason he's taking a lot of medication, anti-psychotics, antidepressants and a lot of stuff for anxiety," said Cabrera in an interview Friday.
In an arraignment late Friday, Cabrera Jones was charged with two counts of Robbery, second degree. Authorities say Cabrera Jones entered Cape Dairy store with a starter pistol demanding 300 dollars in cash and a pack of cigarettes. Then, Cabrera allegedly went to the Cape Vincent Liquor Store about an hour and a half later and stole 600 dollars in cash and a bottle of vodka.
Cabrera Jones was sent to the Jefferson County jail on 50 thousand dollars bail and 100 thousand dollars insurance bond. He faces a possible 1 to 15 years in prison on each charge. His dad says locking his son away will only make matters worse.
"If he goes to prison he would be worse, when we see him back coming out of prison, he needs help, professionals medical, mental psychologist, he needs help," said Cabrera
7News also spoke with Cabrera Jones's mother, who still lives in Puerto Rico. She too, said her son needs psychiatric help.
Madalyn Jones says her son was once a promising computer science student and part of a happy family of 6. That was until he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression. To make things worse, Jones says he's abused illegal drugs.
Both parents apologized for their son and say they are glad no one was hurt.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, Watertown, NY
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