This is just really terrible. I hope they catch the dude.
DENVER - Denver Police are searching for two thieves who stole an iPad from a man shopping at the Cherry Creek Mall, and ripped off his little finger in the process.
Bill Jordan tells FOX31 News that he went to the Cherry Creek Mall's Apple store last Thursday to buy an iPad because his company needed one for a business gift.
"I didn't even know what it was. It's a toy," Jordan told us.
He says he didn't realize that two thugs were watching him as he left the store. They attacked as he walked down the winding staircase to the mall's main level.
"The next thing I know, I'm spun around. I see this kid...and he's pulling (the iPad) out of my hand."
Jordan says the Apple bag's cords were wrapped around his fingers and he couldn't let go.
"I never hear it coming, I never see it coming. I just remember this kid pulling and pulling and pulling and it got caught…took the flesh right off, the tendons and everything. There was nothing but bone."
Jordan says the thief rushed out the door and hooked up with his accomplice.
Jordan called for help and was rushed to the hospital. There, a doctor gave him the bad news.
"He said 'I recommend amputation'."
Jordan, whose hand was wrapped in heavy bandages when we spoke with him Monday, says the doctor had to amputate the little finger on his left hand. He's left-handed, making the injury even worse.
Jordan says he tried to be alert, but he didn't expect to be attacked in the middle of the afternoon at the crowded, upscale shopping mall.
"It didn't dawn on me (that) this is a new product that's in demand and somebody would go to this length to get something like this. To destroy someone's hand. Who knows how far they would have gone if it didn't come off my hand?"
Jordan says he hopes police catch the crooks.
Police say there is surveillance video of the attack which they hope to release Tuesday.