Accused iPad thief faces attempted-murder charge

/ Source: The Associated Press

A man suspected of mangling a shopper's finger while stealing an iPad has been accused of trying to arrange to have the victim killed.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey filed a charge of attempted first-degree murder Tuesday against 20-year-old Brandon Smith.

Smith is also charged with robbery and third-degree assault in the theft of an iPad from 59-year-old Bill Jordan in a Denver shopping mall in April. Jordan's left pinky was so badly mangled when it became entangled in a bag yanked from his hand that part of it had to be amputated.

Authorities say Smith tried to arrange Jordan's death from jail. He's due in court Thursday to be informed of the new charge against him.