Brooklyn teen’s arm ripped off after robbery attempt to steal $190 pair of Air Jordans

Zachary Sam, 17, the would-be thief who had part of his right arm ripped off during a botched robbery in Brooklyn yesterdayThis is the teenage thief who had part of his right arm ripped off in Brooklyn yesterday after attempting to steal a pair of Air Jordan sneakers from a man who then ran him over.

Zachary Sam, 17, is still in hospital today after losing his right arm below the elbow while attempting to steal a pair of $190 Air Jordan 8 sneakers at gunpoint from father-of-three Philippe Pierre, 39.

Meanwhile Pierre appeared in court today charged with attempted murder where his lawyer argued that Sam ‘got what he deserved’ during the bungled theft.

According to the New York Daily News, attorney James P. Harding said: ‘I don’t mean to be harsh, but I think Mr. Sam in a sense was getting what he deserved.

‘My client is an absolute victim in this case. I’m astonished (Pierre) has been charged … He was trying to make an honest dollar for his family.’

Harding also attempted to paint the incident as a tragic accident, saying Pierre was attempting to turn his car around, call the police and avoid getting shot when the vehicle lurched forward.

CCTV of the incident shows Sam walking up to Pierre’s car and getting into the passenger seat, at which point police say he pulled out a revolver and took the shoes from Pierre.

Speaking in court today, Harding said that Sam held the weapon to Pierre’s head, telling him: ‘Make a move and I’ll kill you. You’ll do exactly what I say.’

Footage of the incident then shows Pierre making a U-turn and driving headlong at Sam, pulling him under the wheels and slamming him into a metal fence, tearing part of his right arm off.

Despite his severe injuries, Sam can be seen squirming out from under the car and struggling with Pierre and several bystanders before fleeing up the street.

According to ABC Sam left his arm behind at the scene, along with the gun, and footage shows his sleeve flapping loosely in the wind as he runs.

According to reports, the boy managed to climb on to a bus further down the street, stunning passengers with his heavily bleeding arm.

The driver is reported to have stopped the bus, allowing Pierre to catch up who then held Sam until the police and ambulance arrived.

Alex Saint Fleur, who lives nearby, said: ‘The guy ran him over. He got out, the driver said, “He’s trying to rob me. He’s trying to rob me.”

‘I saw the gun on the floor. The arm was in the floor near the gun.

‘Everyone is screaming, “Come back, come back, your arm. You’re bleeding too much.”‘

Sam was taken to hospital in critical condition and is now reported to be serious but stable. Doctors had attempted to reattach his hand, but it is unclear if they were successful.

Police say that when he is well enough he will be taken to jail and charged over the armed theft.

Meanwhile Pierre has also been taken to jail and charged with attempted murder.

ABC News spoke to a man called ‘Michael’, who purported to be Pierre’s cousin, who said: ‘Two families are destroyed tonight – my cousin, and this kid’s family.

‘I know what the video’s showing – if somebody pulls a gun in 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?’

Meanwhile Raymonde Jason, Sam’s upstairs neighbor, added: ‘Should we call that instant karma? I don’t know what to say. He should not have been putting himself in a situation to rob.’

Source: The DailyMail

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