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

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Teen Tries To Steal Air Jordans, Loses Arm In Robbery Gone Wrong

CANARSIE, Brooklyn (WPIX) -- A robbery victim, who decided to take the law into his own hands by mowing down an armed thief, is now in handcuffs himself, police said.

Police arrested Philip Pierre of Brooklyn, at the 69th Precinct and was charged with attempted murder Friday. Zachary Sam, also from Brooklyn, was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Both were apprehended Friday.

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Police sources say the Sam, 17, connected with a Pierre, known as "Phil" on Craigslist, who was selling a pair of Air Jordan sneakers earlier that day Friday.

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

Sam managed to make it only about 100 yards when the 39-year-old driver made a U-turn, stepped on the gas, striking Sam. The teen 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 in front, a police source said.

An ambulance took Sam -- and his severed arm -- to a Brookdale Hospital. The teen was listed as critical but stable condition. Doctors tried to surgically reattach his arm Friday night.

The driver faces an attempted murder charge. His relatives said his actions were done in self-defense.

"He was just there to help support his family," Pierre's cousin said. "What would you do if someone pulled a gun on you?"

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