Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro SE 95 Neon shoes were reportedly stolen from a teenager in Christchurch on December 8. (File photo).
A teenager on his way to buy pizza was reportedly hit with a hammer up to five times before his attacker fled in his retro Nike Air Jordan shoes.
The 19-year-old, who asked not to be named out of fear for his safety, was walking towards Domino’s Pizza on Shaw Ave, New Brighton, between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on December 8 when the attack took place.
His mother, Kelly Lodge, is hoping someone will recognize his son’s unique Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro SE 95 Neon shoes, which he paid around $ 700 for.
âHe’s going to need dental care for months, not a quick fix,â Lodge said.
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“He drools all the time because he can’t quite close his mouth and there [are] about 10 teeth … that [have] absolutely had it. “
His son was driving his silver 2002 Mazda Atenza and had stopped at an intersection or by the side of the road when a man in dark clothes allegedly opened the passenger side door and jumped into the car, before stealing the shoes and an iPhone , that he asked for the password for.
Lodge said it was difficult to piece together the timeline of events as her son suffered from a concussion and struggled to remember the night.
He was seen around 8 p.m. filling up his car at the BP on Travis Rd, New Brighton, wearing his shoes and uninjured.
Lodge believed he then drove under an “adrenaline rush” after being attacked, and was then spotted on Burlington St, Sydenham, after having a slight nose-to-tail accident around 11pm.
He got out of the car to apologize and was bleeding profusely and his shoes and phone were missing, she said.
“I would say they would have a hell of a scare, to be honest.”
It is believed he then went to a friend’s house in Wattle St, New Brighton, where he was taken to hospital.
âHe must have kept driving after that because he wasn’t found until much later, and he ended up finding his friends’ house, which is miraculous. I’m surprised he even went to his friend’s house, but thank goodness he did.
Doctors scanned the teenager’s head and jaw to check for a break and brain damage. He received stitches and was released a few hours later, Lodge said.
âHe had a huge egg on his head – it was horrible the state he got into.
“He couldn’t really speak because his mouth was so swollen and all his teeth were broken.”
Lodge said she collapsed when she saw her son, having initially thought he was dead.
She had had trouble sleeping since the attack, waking up every night in a panic.
âIt shocked our world, it’s a phone call you never want to have about your kids.
“They have to catch this bastard or else he’s going to kill someone.”
The teenager believes the person was older than him and was a “big build,” Lodge said.
She hoped people could spot the stolen shoes and help the police catch her son’s assailant.
A police spokesperson said police were told of a “serious assault” against a man in the early hours of December 8 involving a weapon. The man was seriously injured and was taken by a friend to Christchurch hospital.
Police were continuing their investigation, he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 105, citing case number 211208/8426 or to call Crime Stoppers Anonymously on 0800 555 111.