SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –At around 3 A.M. Sunday morning, a 15-year old boy was stabbed while standing outside Expressions on Springfield’s Liberty Street, while waiting to buy a pair of Air Jordans. “Couple of thugs came up, decided they’d be easy targets to rob, they weren’t so easy. They pulled out a couple of B.B. guns and knives but people got their cellphones out,” said Sgt. John Delaney, spokesman for the Springfield Police Department.
The store closes at 9pm and doesn’t open again until 12 hours later.
Even though they do hire police officers to patrol an hour before they open, a representative for the store says they don’t encourage people to camp out. In March, an 11-year-old girl was shot while waiting for a different Jordan release at the Boston Rd. location.
In an effort to curb violence, Expressions says they’re thinking of stopping in store releases altogether, opting for raffles over social media instead.
When it comes to waiting in line for sneakers, some parents have mixed feelings about it. “No. Never. When something happens like that, we go with the whole family to buy whatever we want,” Jennifer Uribe stated. “I’m a fan of shoes, but I would have. I would’ve stood outside with them, but the parents should’ve been there with them,” said Eduardo Cedeno.
The teenager who got stabbed was actually able to get back in line and get his shoes once the store finally opened. Expressions says they are expecting another big sneaker release this upcoming weekend, and hopes to have the raffle system in place by then.
Police were able to arrest the suspect, 20 year old Carlos Jimenez of Springfield a short time later.
This is not his first offense.