...sick society do we live in where someone will cut of a finger for 5 bucks.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Muggers denied $5, slice off kid's finger
By Doug Guthrie / The Detroit News
EASTPOINTE -- A Detroit teen is lucky that 320-pound Ed Baldwin and some of his Citizen Band radio friends were hanging out at an Eastpointe 7-Eleven early Saturday.
Thugs cut off part of a finger of the 16-year-old youth, who refused to let go of a $5 bill in the convenience store parking lot.
Baldwin and his friends chased off the three attackers, police said.
"The kid was white as a ghost and he's saying, 'I lost my finger.' We looked around and found it, maybe a half-inch of the tip to the first knuckle," said Baldwin, 27. "We put it in a cup of ice from the 7-Eleven and gave it to the EMS people."
The assailants, who did not get the $5, drove west on Nine Mile in a green and tan Eddie Bauer model Ford Explorer.
The driver's side window is broken, where the 6-foot, 2-inch Baldwin punched through the glass to hit the driver in the side of the head.
Police said the youth, whose name they withheld, told them his attackers deliberately amputated his finger.
He was treated at Henry Ford Bi-County Community Hospital in Warren, but police said the finger was not reattached. The youth was confronted in front of the store on Nine Mile at Hayes Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Eastpointe Police Lt. Leo Borowsky. The teens demanded cash they spotted in the youth's hand as he walked toward the store.
"These are some pretty violent guys if they are willing to do this for five bucks," Borowsky said. Police have no suspects and no indication of where the attackers went.
"There is a lesson in this," Borowsky said. "I wouldn't risk my finger. If someone wants your money, please give it to them. Don't take a risk, then call 911.
"Also," Borowski added, "if you are a 16-year-old still out on the street at 1:30 in the morning, go home."