FDNY firefighter Steven Sampson, 41, was off-duty when he was slashed and robbed of nearly $3,000 in Christmas gifts by four street thugs. Following his shift ending, Sampson was heading to a family holiday party at around midnight when he pulled over at a Bronx intersection. He was sorting out his gifts, which included a drone for his 6-year-old daughter, when he heard someone shout “Hey, Cracker!” from behind.
That’s when the four thugs approached the 9/11 veteran on the intersection of Bolton and Randall Avenues. One of the aggressors attempted to steal Sampson’s phone, but the bodybuilding firefighter counterattacked. “I caught him in an arm bar and he was like, ‘Please, sir, please, sir, let me go!’ but I knew I had him,” said Sampson. “I smashed him in the elbow and felt his humerus crack.”
Then, in action movie fashion, Sampson round house punched the next thug. He immediately slumped to the pavement. “I caught [him] in the jaw,” said Sampson, who’s a black belt in judo martial arts. At some point during the double altercation, Sampson was stabbed, his arm rapidly gushing blood. “I started leaking all over the car,” he said.
During the scuffle, the other two thugs managed to run off with his $2,600 in gifts: liquor, toys, electronics, a parrot drone for his 6-year-old daughter, and iTunes and Ultra Beauty gift cards for his 16-year-old daughter. Ignoring the pain, Sampson hurried to his Dodge Charger, locked the doors and sped off to chase the thieves. However, his wound from the stabbing began to catch up with him. Sampson had to call off his chase and instead drove to Jacobi Medical Center.
“I was hemorrhaging in the hospital. My shirt was a soaked rag,” he said. Sampson received nine stitches as a group of cops surrounded his bed. “I was a big deal last night,” he said. “Every cop was in there. The [Bronx] borough chief was like, ‘What is he f—king Superman?’” At the time, Sampson also chose not to tell his wife, Michelle. “I didn’t want to freak her out,” said Sampson. “I just told her, ‘Hey, hun, I’m gonna be a little late.’”
And as for the thugs, Sampson has a spirited Christmas message: “You have to be real low to try to rob somebody on Christmas. Get a f—king job! They’re going to find you. Karma’s a bitch.”
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