Back in April, newly introduced iPads were in high demand -- so much so that Brandon Smith allegedly tore off the finger of customer Bill Jordan trying to steal one of the gadgets at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
Smith's actions made international news due to the crime's novelty, but it apparently was no joke to him. He's now been accused of trying to arrange Jordan's murder.
The Brandon Smith statement of probable cause from the Denver Police Department pivots on a letter intercepted on July 8 by Denver sheriff's deputies working at the city's Justice Center.
The envelope contained four-inch square pieces of paper wrapped in a yellow inmate message form, along with a one-inch-by-three-inch scrap of blue paper featuring Jordan's name and address. The statement speculates that the blue paper came from a form provided to Smith's attorney.
The letter's text reads as follows:
1. "Bill Jordan is the same person as William Robert Jordan. "YOU GET THIS DONE! AND I GO YOU ON ANYTHING I'll rob a bank if you want me too. Just do this for your boy and I got you for sure. You know how we do it. When its done I dont know nothing... when I come up on a lick it's all yours. I know your scoping some out and I you. JUST DO IT BO B.S. -- GUCCI!"
2. "I DON'T KNOW SHIT NO MATTER WHAT!!! Just take notice of the blue paper in the envelope!!! That's the address, so handle it A.S.A.P., and ill be out on Aug 16th or Aug 20th. THE SOONER THE BETTER!! -- GUCCI"
3. "You need me to get someone also I got you. No problem Ill do whatever. Don't write back about this and if its done just say done and ill understand. I really need this otherwise it's a wrap!! If you do this case is dropped. NO WITNESS. Don't say anything to no 1."
Why on earth Smith -- Gucci -- believed that Jordan's death would solve all his problems is hard to figure. After all, the iPad theft was captured on video on view below and was widely disseminated. As in worldwide.
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The recipient of Smith's jailhouse missive was Andreas L. Arroyo, also known as Chico. Predictably, the Denver Police Department interpreted the message as showing Smith's "deliberation and intent to cause the death of another person..., specifically William Robert Jordan." The suggested charge: attempt to commit murder in the first degree.
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The Denver District Attorney's Office has granted that request: Click here to read the charging document. As a result, Smith's dream of being free this week has been ripped away -- just like Bill Jordan's finger.
Page down to Smith's mug shot and the aforementioned security video of the iPad theft:
Here's a PDF of the statement of probable cause: Brandon Smith statement of probable cause