The release of Nike's new Air Jordan basketball shoes caused a nationwide shopping frenzy Friday, leading to fights and at least one stabbing. Unfortunately, people remained willing to commit crimes to get their hands on a pair of the shoes over the weekend as well.
A suburban Chicago man who snagged a pair of the shoes posted them on Craigslist hoping to swap them for a different size, Elmhurst Patch reports. He scheduled a time to meet with a man who contacted him about the shoes on Saturday -- but things didn't go as planned.
At around 8:15 p.m., the victim was approached by a partially masked man holding a handgun, who ordered him to drop the shoes, Patch reports.
The gunman then entered a black Nissan Altima being driven by 22-year-old Rodney E. Payton, Fox Chicago reports. Police were able to track down Payton just hours after the armed robbery occurred, but the alleged gunman has not been located.
Police reportedly found a loaded pistol in the vehicle, and Payton was charged with armed robbery with a firearm. The Bellwood, Ill. resident is being held on $100,000 bail.
Payton's accomplice has been "tentatively identified," according to the Daily Herald, and police are working to find him. Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Steve Mandat or Detective David Rivkin at (630) 530-3050.