Even after all these years, Michael Jordan and his famous Air Jordan shoe can still excite crowds.
It’s inspiring, in a way. But only in a way.
Five Perth Amboy residents have been charged with snatching away Air Jordan sneakers from three people Friday who had just bought them at Woodbridge Center Mall, according to the Star-Ledger.
And this is just one of many incidents across the country that attended Friday’s release of the Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords. The Ledger also reports that a man in Jersey City was set upon by several teenagers and stabbed as he waited in line for the shoe at the Newport Centre Mall, police said.
Elsewhere in the country, police in Seattle used tear gas against shoppers when fights broke out, and crowds outside Atlanta broke down doors to a shop.
This is the 23rd edition of the shoe, and Jordan wore the number 23 on his jersey when he played with the Chicago Bulls. Also making the shoes special this year is that they’re replicas of the black-and-white sneakers Jordan wore during his first NBA comeback in 1995.
The shoes also retail for $180, which doesn’t help things.
As for the Woodbridge Mall incident, an adult and four juveniles allegedly sneaked up and snatched away the shoes from three shoppers who’d waited in line for 13 hours to buy the damn things. Witnesses noted the thieves’ license number as they escaped in a green Honda, however, and police eventually caught up with them at Market Street in Perth Amboy.
Edgardo A. Morel, 21, of Market Street, and the four juveniles, all 16, were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.