It’s been dubbed the Notorious “Biggie” jacket and it has become the cause of various shootings.
The Marmot Mammoth Jacket, which sold for about $700 and is filled with down, has a zip-off hood and lots of pockets, is the latest status symbol among teens in New York. And recently it led to shootings and even one murder.
Corey Dunton, 16, faces charges that he fired at 20-year-old Javier Contreras and 14-year-old Adonis Mera while they were skating at the Bryant Park ice-skating rink, reports The Huffington Post. Police say Dunton pulled out the gun and fired eight shots in Contreras’ direction after trying to steal Contreras’ Marmot “Biggie” coat. “Dunton shot Contreras in the hand and the hip and accidentally hit Mera, who was standing nearby, in the back. Mera’s family says that the 14-year-old may be paralyzed,” reports HuffPo.
Dunton has been arrested on an attempted murder charge. Adding to the evidence against Dunton are his Facebook posts following the shootings where he all but confesses, reports the New York Post.
There were also two other shooting incidents over the utilitarian down jacket. Earlier this year, Raphael Ward, 16, was shot in the chest on the Lower East Side during a scuffle with a group of teens who wanted his coat. Ward, who is in the 11th grade, had just bought the jacket, reports The New York Daily News.
And high school senior Malik Jenkins was struck by two cars in 2010 and killed after he was chased by three men in Bronx who were trying to steal his coat. The men were indicted in 2011 for the murder of 18-year-old Jenkins.
What’s crazy is the coat is actually no longer for sale. It was mysteriously discontinued last year, a Paragon Sports store sales rep told the Daily News. A Paragon clerk who spoke with New York magazine’s The Cut blog says that they suspect the item is sought after because “they were the only coat we sold that came in big sizes. We don’t go above an XL with our other coats, so this was the one coat we sold that bigger guys could wear.”
“Even though it had a cult following, there was bad association with it. People were getting robbed for them, and a guy got killed over his coat a few years ago,” the clerk added.
According to the rep, the rest of the coats in stock went on clearance for $200, and sold out a few weeks ago.