Missing Bedford man with Asperger’s seen in Irving

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A missing Bedford man with Asperger syndrome was seen in Irving near Belt Line Road and Texas 114 Monday afternoon, but he ran away from police, authorities said Tuesday.

Irving police talked to Luis “Luigi” Araud, 28, about 2 p.m. Monday near that Irving intersection, but officers were not aware at the time that he was a missing person, Bedford police Lt. David Smith said Tuesday.

Araud spoke with the officers for a few minutes, but he would not identify himself, Smith said in a news release.

Araud ran to a field and he remained missing Tuesday.

The Irving officers did not realize that Araud was missing until they saw news reports Monday evening, authorities said.

Araud went missing Saturday afternoon after he apparently walked away from his Bedford home, Bedford police said Monday.

He was last seen about 2 p.m. Saturday walking his dogs in the 2500 block of Cottonwood Lane in Bedford, police said.

Investigators say they believe he voluntarily left his home after getting into an argument with his parents.

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder characterized by social impairment and communication difficulties, among other things, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Police described Araud as about 6 feet tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be wearing a large black, red and white parka.

Anyone with information should call Bedfod police at 817-952-2127.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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