Mr. Muchalski, who said he had woken up only 15 minutes earlier, tried to argue with the man, showing him that his backpack contained only CD's and notebooks. He offered the man his rusty mountain bike, but the man quickly became fixated on Mr. Muchalski's cellphone, which he refused to hand over, the police said. "Hey man, I'm a hard-working guy, I don't make much money," Mr. Muchalski said he told the man. He spoke to reporters from his bed at Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was in stable condition yesterday.
But what's even crazier is that he got himself shot over such a crappy phone — Nokia's 3390, which sells for about 15 bucks on eBay. Cops busted the culprit standing a few blocks away from the bridge with the bike.