Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Sun, July 22 2012 at 6:40 PM, Updated: Sun, July 22 2012 at 7:29 PM
13-year-old Cameron Caskey was elated when in Grants Pass, he met Tony Hawk, a professional skateboarder touring the west coast on Saturday.
"I look up to him," said Caskey.
The young man was even more excited when he was given a signed longboard and helmet from his idol.
"I was overjoyed, like Six Flags or the Disney playground times three," he said.
However just hours after he was given the longboard, he said four other teenagers attacked him at Riverside Park and stole his brand new longboard...signed by Tony Hawk, the so-called "Birdman" himself.
"They laid me out, i've never been hit that hard," said Caskey as he recalled Saturday's events.
Now 13-year-old Cameron is without his prized possession, left feeling lower than he's ever felt before.
"Defeated and put down, i've never felt put down like that," Caskey said.
His family and friends are trying to help him find the board, putting notices out on Facebook and making calls. While Cameron said he desperately wants his board back, he doesn't want anything to do with the thugs who took it from him.
Caskey said it happened too fast and he wasn't able to get a good description of the other teenagers. If anyone has information, the family would appreciate a call. Their number is 541-450-8930.
Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.
Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.