Detroit Man Charged in Murder Over Air Jordan Shoes

A 20-year-old Detroit man was charged with murder and armed robbery after a meeting he arranged to purchase Air Jordans this week turned violent. 

Corey Harris-Thomas, 17, of Grosse Pointe Woods had arranged to sell Dante Tyrell Ford a pair of the Nike-brand sneakers. The teen and a 24-year-old friend drove to an area on Detroit’s west side at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to meet Ford, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

Ford allegedly entered the rear passenger seat of their SUV and pulled out a handgun, according to the release.

The unidentified 24-year-old also pulled out a gun and they wrestled, the release said. Ford fired a shot that injured the 24-year-old’s arm, it said.

The 24-year-old fired his weapon, and then Ford fired again, fatally wounding Harris-Thomas, according to the prosecutor’s statement.

Ford, who also sustained a gunshot wound, fled the scene, according to the report. Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Adam Madera said police do not know if he had the shoes.

The 24-year-old man called police, and when the police arrived at about 1:43 p.m., they found Harris-Thomas’ body in the street. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The 24-year-old was transported to a hospital for treatment.

The Detroit Police Department arrested Ford on Wednesday, according to the prosecutor’s office. Madera said authorities learned about the suspect after he arrived at a hospital with wounds to his stomach just hours after the incident.

Ford has been charged with felony murder, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm in a felony.

Ford also is facing charges in another armed robbery earlier Tuesday involving a 16-year-old at gunpoint after he had arranged to meet that teen to buy shoes from him.

Loyola High School held a prayer service Friday at the site where Harris-Taylor was found, school president Mark Luedtke said in a statement.

“As this occurred in front of Loyola, and in light of many similar circumstances in the lives of our young men, we felt it important to pause our school day to remember Corey and to celebrate not only his life, but the lives of so many lives cut short,” Luedtke said.

Source: USA TODAY / Hasan Dudar