NEW YORK (AP) – A 13-year-old boy from Stamford, Conn., who was reported missing from a men’s room in Yankee Stadium ran away and was found in Queens early Sunday, police said.

“He ran away and we found him,” said Detective John Sweeney, a police spokesman. He declined to elaborate on how or why the boy ended up in another borough.

Hundreds of police and security guards searched for Majelique Lewis after he disappeared during a trip to the bathroom during the seventh-inning stretch of a Yankees-Angels game in the Bronx on Friday night.

His mother immediately reported him missing to security, who notified police about an hour later, about 10:05 p.m. A search of the stadium, including parking lots, restricted areas and locked rooms, was fruitless, police said. Officers also searched nearby fast-food restaurants and train stations without results.

But police said the boy was located in front of a building in Jamaica, Queens, early Sunday morning in good health. He was returned to his parents, Sweeney said.

Police said Lewis has no behavioral or mental problems and no history of running away.

Between 10 and 15 children are reported missing at every Yankees game and are almost immediately located, police said.

“He’s an average kid,” said Arthur Shannonhouse, who answered the phone at Lewis’ home and identified himself as the teenager’s father.

Crystal Mayo, who is married to Lewis’ brother, said Lewis is a good student who is involved in sports and active in church and thanked police, the media, neighbors and friends in a statement made on the family’s behalf on Sunday.

“A lot of people called and put Majelique in their prayers and thoughts,” Mayo said by telephone after speaking to the media outside the family’s Stamford home.

She declined to answer questions about where he had been or why he might have run away.


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