Two former Forsyth County Schools students face felony armed robbery charges after they reportedly stole a pair of Air Jordan sneakers from a classmate using an air pistol.
Dominic Singh, 17 and Joseph Weatherford, 16, were recently indicted by a Forsyth County Grand Jury on one count of armed robbery, a felony, and several counts of drug possession after they “unlawfully [took] the shoes from the [victim] by use of a Vigilante Air Pistol, a device having the appearance of an offensive weapon” on Jan. 29, according to a bill of indictment.
In early January, Nike released several new collections of Air Jordan sneakers, which can cost as much as $250.
While it is unknown whether the victim’s shoes were a pair of the new releases, consumers have been known to take drastic measures to obtain the shoes, including waiting in line for hours.
The victim said he knows Singh and Weatherford from school and that they had “showed up to check out his Jordan sneakers,” according to an incident report.
Singh last attended Forsyth Academy in November 2016 as a 10th grader, while Weatherford was last enrolled in the school system in February as a ninth grader at North Forsyth High School, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the district.
“[The victim] got into [Weatherford’s] dark in color Cadillac and drove around the neighborhood,” the report said. “[The victim] stated Dominic pulled out a black revolver and stuck it in [the victim’s] face, demanding the shoes.
Singh was wearing the sneakers when deputies later pulled him over and found the airsoft gun under the front passenger seat, where he was sitting.
Deputies also reportedly found marijuana and Xanax, prompting the counts of possession of alprazolam, the generic name for Xanax, which is a felony, and one count of possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.
Though he is a juvenile, Weatherford is being tried as an adult in this case, which will be presided over by Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Philip C. Smith.