2 charged in robbery gone wrong where arm was severed

Both people involved in a bizarre botched robbery in Brooklyn have been arrested after the would-be robber's arm was torn off.

Police say 17-year-old Zachary Sam arranged to meet Phillippe Pierre to buy a pair of Air Jordan sneakers on Friday. But investigators say that when Sam was inside Pierre's SUV he pulled a gun and took the shoes.

Police say Pierre then ran the teen down with his car, pinning him against a fence and ripping his arm from his body.

Police said Saturday that Sam has been arrested on charges of robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Pierre has been arrested on a charge of attempted murder.

Sam remains hospitalized.

Both are being held and it wasn't immediately clear whether they had attorneys who could comment on their arrests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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