- The Enterprise
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A Waldorf man has been charged with robbing a 17-year-old North Point High School student of his Air Jordan tennis shoes last week.
Charles County sheriff’s officer R. Anderson was monitoring dismissal Thursday afternoon at neighboring Theodore G. Davis Middle School when Kevin Hartfield, North Point's Junior ROTC instructor, approached to report a robbery, according to charging papers.
Hartfield said a student had just told him that two men, neither North Point students, had snatched his Nike Air Jordan 7 Retro Olympic Edition sneakers, which he was carrying, in a lobby near the school’s pool, the papers state.
One of the robbers, later identified as Daryl Timothy Young Jr., 20, was wearing jeans and a black jacket, the student said.
The shoes carry a suggested retail price of $160 but are selling online for more than twice that amount.
Hartfield said he confronted one of the men, later identified as Young, who reached for his waistband as if he had a weapon and claimed that the shoes were his, court records state. Hartfield reported that the men left the school and were last seen walking down Davis Road but that another faculty member was following them in his car.
Anderson drove down Davis Road in his patrol car and met the faculty member, who pointed out Young. The officer observed that Young was wearing jeans and a black jacket that matched the student’s description, charging documents state.
The officer approached the men and asked to speak with them. Anderson informed Young that he matched the description of a man who had just robbed a North Point student, court papers state.
Both Young and his accomplice became angry, and the latter reached into his jacket and threw a single Air Jordan sneaker on the ground toward Anderson, the papers state.
Anderson arrested both men and requested backup. Back at the school, he spoke with the student, who said he was walking in a hallway when Young’s accomplice, whom the student did not know, walked up and grabbed the sneakers out of the student's arms and claimed the shoes were his, the documents state.
The student said he tried to follow them out of the school but stopped when Young motioned as if he were concealing a weapon underneath his clothing, the records state.
Anderson charged Young with robbery and took him to the county jail in La Plata. Charges are pending against the accomplice, also in his 20s, police said.
“As the Sheriff and a parent, I am impressed by the student, the teacher and Officer Anderson, who all did exactly what they should have when this incident occurred,” Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey (D) said in a statement. “The theft of expensive sneakers is not uncommon, but a crime like this at our schools is rare. Fortunately, the audacity of the two individuals who walked into North Point without permission and committed a strong-arm robbery is no match for the fast, astute response by everyone involved.”