Man busted for finger-mangling iPad theft

DENVER - Prosecutors in Denver have formally filed charges against a man suspected of mangling a shopper's finger while stealing an iPad.

The Denver district attorney's office said that 20-year-old Brandon Darnell Smith faces charges of robbery and assault.

Smith hasn't entered a plea. He's being held under US$200,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court today. It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

Smith is accused of yanking the shopping bag from 59-year-old Bill Jordan after he left the Apple Store at a Denver mall April 22.

A cord from the bag was wrapped around Jordan's left hand and got caught on his left pinky finger.

Doctors amputated two-thirds of Jordan's finger because the flesh was stripped to the bone.

- AP

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