Philly man found guilty of shooting shoe salesman, stealing sneakers

A man charged with shooting a shoe salesman and stealing several pairs of sneakers after an argument on Girard Avenue was found guilty by a jury today, prosecutors have announced.

The 1300 block of Girard Avenue, where Demond Thomas shot a shoe salesman and stole several pairs of sneakers on March 16, 2012. Credit: Google Maps The 1300 block of Girard Avenue, where Demond Thomas shot a shoe salesman and stole several pairs of sneakers on March 16, 2012. Credit: Google Maps

 

A man charged with shooting a shoe salesman and stealing several pairs of sneakers after an argument on Girard Avenue was found guilty by a jury today, prosecutors have announced.

 

The office of D.A. Seth Williams announced that Demond Thomas, 37, was convicted of aggravated assault, robbery and gun charges for the incident on March 16, 2012.

 

The charges arose over a fight where Thomas shot a shoe salesman and stole several pairs of sneakers.

 

Prosecutors said that the victim, who operated a sneaker and clothing stand on the 1300 block of West Girard Avenue, was approached by Thomas, who demanded a refund for a pair of sneakers.

When the victim refused, a verbal and physical altercation quickly began between the two men.

Thomas flashed a gun, then put his hands around the victim's neck, prosecutors say. The victim shouted to a crowd of spectators watching, "Someone call the police, he has a gun!"

At that point, Thomas took the gun out of his waistband and shot the victim once in the upper leg.

Despite being shot, the victim broke free and escaped from Thomas, fleeing down Girard Avenue.

After the victim fled, Thomas walked up to the stand, snatched several pairs of sneakers, and left

Thomas will be sentenced June 20.

 
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