Looks like everybody wants a pair of Air Jordan's. You've undoubtedly heard this story that happened about a week ago. It's your average boy-meets-shoe, boy-wants-shoe, boy-steals-shoe-and-loses-arm New York City love story.
Well, this guy tried to steal a pair of sneakers, and he wound up losing his arm. The good news? Surgeons were able to reattach the arm.
That's right: this 17-year-old boy's arm was lying in the street, and it was reattached by surgeons.
The Huffington Post reported that the boy's name is Zachary Sam, and he's still hospitalized.
He pulled a gun while trying to steal a $190 pair Air Jordan 8 Retro sneakers.
Sam and 39-year-old Philippe Pierre had been scheduled to meet; they'd arranged the sale on Craigslist. However the sale went very, very wrong.
Police captured surveillance video of Sam entering Pierre's parked SUV around noon on Friday, and then threatened to shoot Pierre if he didn't fork over the sneakers.
Sam then acquired the sneakers, and casually left the SUV and walked to the other side of the street. Pierre wasn't okay with Sam taking his sneakers. He turned his car around and crashed into Sam from behind.
During the crash, Sam's arm was separated from his body. Sam struggled to his feet and ran away, leaving his arm on the street.
"I don't mean to be harsh, but I think Mr. Sam in a sense was getting what he deserved," said defense attorney James P. Harding, who's representing Pierre. "My client is an absolute victim in this case.
Obviously, prosecutors beg to differ. They're charging Pierre with attempted murder.
"If somebody pulls a gun [to] your head, and you're trying to get the cops to catch him, what would you do? You're telling me, just let him go?" Pierre's cousin Michael said.
Still, Sam's arm, which was severed below the elbow, was reattached by surgeons. Sam was discovered outside his mom's home, after collapsing from fleeing the scene.
Sam isn't getting off lightly either. He's facing charges of robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
Now, we don't think things look that great for Pierre. According to the law, you're allowed to exert equal force in self defense that was exerted against you.
It doesn't seem like Pierre was defending himself. It seems like he was seeking revenge. Still, it's definitely an unfortunate situation. Mostly, we're in awe the factors were able to attach the arm.
If you're curious, watch the video below from the Daily News, but be warned. It contains graphic content.
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