Jordan Hough Chased Thieves Who Stole His Cellphone -- and Was Shot Twice

Jordan Hough at the hospital and after his release. More photos and a video below.
Jordan Hough at the hospital and after his release. More photos and a video below.

Would you die for your cellphone? Jordan Hough nearly did. Two men stole Hough's phone while he was on an RTD bus, and rather than letting them get away with it, he gave chase -- and he found out why police warn against taking the law into your own hands when two bullets tore into him. He survived, but the suspects remain at large. Photos, video and details below.

See also: Kavonda Earl Payton, Suspect Killed by Cop: Dangerous Robber or Loving Family Man?

First official word of the January 16 incident came via this Aurora Police Department tweet:

The bus route Hough was taking when he was shot.
The bus route Hough was taking when he was shot.

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What happened? The nineteen-year-old Hough tells 7News that he was texting near the backdoor of an RTD bus when the vehicle came to a stop near the intersection of East 30th Avenue and Worchester Street. An instant later, a young man snatched his phone and ran down the street with his gadget.

Hough, who says the phone is worth $700 and was only one payment away from being his free and clear, sprinted in his direction, only to discover that a second man was running behind him.

Then he heard gunshots.

A subsequent APD tweet described Hough's injuries as non-life-threatening, but they were mighty serious nonetheless. One bullet hit him in the back and wound up in his abdomen after nicking his kidney, while the other went through his jaw. He required two surgeries and a four-day stay in the hospital.

What Hough's stomach looks like now.
What Hough's stomach looks like now.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the APD tweeted the following description of the thus-far-unidentified suspects:

Since then, a few more details have been shared by 7News. The young men are said to be between five-seven and five-nine in height with medium build. One had short hair and was wearing a black windbreaker with a hood, while the other had a short afro-style haircut, a jungle-camo jacket, a black-and-white camo backpack and red basketball shoes. More information could be released soon, since RTD confirms that the bus was equipped with video.

In the meantime, Hough took to Facebook yesterday to reassure his friends that he's doing fine -- and also shared the 7News story on view below. As for what he learned from the experience, he told the station, "I'll be more aware of who's around me and what's going on" the next time he rides the bus.

Presumably, he also realizes that no cellphone is worth dying for. Here's the 7News report.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.


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