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Suspect seen battered in mugshot after botched attempt to steal Balenciaga shoes at gunpoint

A suspected thief accused of trying to steal pricey Balenciaga sneakers at gunpoint later crashed into a pole during a police chase — with his mugshot showing gruesome injuries, including his right eye swollen shut.

Taber Carter, 21, had agreed to buy the red-and-silver Balenciagas — which usually cost more than $1,000 new — through the marketplace app Offer Up under the username “Turbo,” Oklahoma City police told Fox 25.

He didn’t show up for the planned exchange Saturday in a 7-Eleven, instead messaging the seller to get her to meet her at his car, the outlet said.

When she walked up to his car, he allegedly pulled a “Glock-like” pistol and pointed it at her head, police said.

The woman says she handed over the pair of pricey sneakers — but then managed to snatch back one of them as he tried to drive away, the report said.

Carter drove off but was found asleep in his car two hours later, according to the report. When woken by cops, Carter sped away — then crashed into a utility pole while being chased, according to News On 6.

The crashed sparked a small fire and also caused a power outage in the area, the outlet said.

Carter was also injured, cops said, with his mugshot showing multiple injuries to his face after he was hauled off to jail.

Carter was charged with endangering others while eluding a police officer and robbery or attempted with a dangerous weapon. He was ordered held without bond and remained in lockup as of Wednesday.


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