OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The kindness of a stranger helped a crime victim find the silver lining after a really troubling situation.
FOX 4 first told you Stephen Koneczny’s story this past week. Two Johnson County teens are facing aggravated robbery charges for their involvement in holding the boy at knifepoint and taking his wallet in October. In the wallet was a coin Stephen earned for becoming an Eagle Scout on the organization’s 100th anniversary. Since the robbery, the coin’s been missing and Stephen feared he’d never get another one like it.
This week, a viewer stepped up who shares two surprising similarities with Stephen. Gus Bean works for the Boy Scouts and just so happened to work the event a few years back when Stephen earned his coin. Gus’ wife saw Stephen’s story on the news this week.
“When I got home the other day, my wife was telling me about the story and I said, ‘I think I’ve got one of those,’” Bean said.
Bean worked with FOX 4’s Megan Dillard to coordinate the surprise with for Stephen. His family arranged to be at Llywelyn’s Pub in Overland Park when Gus and his wife walked in and approached the table. Gus introduced himself to the teen and said, “How are you? I saw your story on the news. I heard you lost something.”
Stephen, a quiet, mild-mannered teen politely replied, “Yes sir,” before looking down and realizing Gus was holding a replacement coin, just for Stephen. The teen rose and embraced the stranger with a hug. Stephen said, “I was kind of just in awe.” He proudly flipped the coin between his fingers, showing off both sides, and describing it for the FOX 4 crew.
“It’s a really cool coin especially considering it’s the 100th anniversary. It has all of the colors and what not, 2012 to 1912,” Stephen said.
Bean told us his son also suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome; the same condition Stephen’s family said made him vulnerable to the attack.
Bean said, “I could relate to how they always want to help somebody and sometimes they’re on the wrong end of the stick because people take advantage of their situation.”
A situation with a sort of silver lining, that brought two families together and gave back an Eagle Scout one of his most valued treasures. “That’s the whole purpose of scouting is to give back to your community and help those less fortunate.”
The teens prosecutors say attacked Stephen are both behind bars, with a $100,000 dollar bond.
Management at Llywelyn’s, the restaurant where the families met, was so touched by Bean’s donation, they gave the man and his wife a gift card to come back for dinner on the house.