INTERNATIONAL: Brooklyn teen tries to steal Air Jordans, loses arm in Craigslist robbery gone wrong: police

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INTERNATIONAL: Brooklyn teen tries to steal Air Jordans, loses arm in Craigslist robbery gone wrong: police
Suspect Zachary Sam, 17, who lost his arm during the robbery. *photo credit: New York Daily News
Suspect Zachary Sam, 17, who lost his arm during the robbery. *photo credit: New York Daily News
Suspect Zachary Sam, 17, who lost his arm during the robbery. *photo credit: New York Daily News

PIX11 – A robbery victim, who decided to take the law into his own hands by mowing down an armed teen thief, severing his right arm, is now in handcuffs himself, police said.

Police arrested the robbery victim, Philip Pierre, 39, of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and charged him with attempted murder. The alleged teen thief, Zachary Sam, 17, also of Canarsie, Brooklyn, was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in the Craigslist robbery gone wrong. Both were charged on Friday.

Police sources say the teenager connected with Pierre on Craigslist on Friday. Pierre was selling a pair of Air Jordan sneakers.

They met about 1 p.m. near Avenue M and East 84th Street in Canarsie, where Sam got into Pierre’s Honda Pilot SUV and pulled out a gun, a police source said. The teen allegedly stole the Jordan Retro 8 sneakers and walked away.

Sam managed to make it only about 100 yards with the shoes when the driver made a U-turn, stepped on the gas and struck Sam. The teenager was pinned against the fence and his right arm was severed “completely,” a police source told PIX11.

“He technically did disarm him,” a police source said.

Missing his arm, Sam tried to jump on an MTA bus, where he demanded a MetroCard. Just then, Pierre yanked the teenager off the bus and told the driver he’d robbed him. Then Sam escaped his clutches again and ran home, where he collapsed outside, a police source said.

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  1. If anyone saw the video there is a lot more to this story. This boy walked out of the vehicle to calm. Plastic post the video

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  2. there is not a day will go by that he will ever remember his stupidity,just look at him with his pants below his ass.How sexy/macho is he going to look now with one arm,i would love to see the bastard play basket ball now.Sadly his experience will be lost on the next punk.

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  3. This is part of what's wrong with America. You get robbed, but yet, can't defend yourself. He should have lost both arms, you damn thief.

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  4. why charge the man with attempted murder when if it was a police officer in the same situation he would have pulled his gun out and shoot the kid and it would have been deemed justifiable.

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