A black college pupil who had saved up money from his half-time job to purchase a designer belt at Barneys department store was pounced on by police 'as a result of he could not afford to make such an costly purchase', in keeping with a brand new lawsuit.
Trayon Christian, 19, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday for unspecified damages against the Madison Avenue store and the NYPD who wrongly accused him of fraud.
Mr Christian, who lives with his mom in Queens, had decided to splash out on a $320 belt by designer Salvatore Ferragamo after seeing one among his favorite music stars, Harlem rapper Juelz Santana, wearing the accessory.
Trayon Christian, 19, has introduced a lawsuit in opposition to Barneys and the NYPD after they wrongly accused him of fraud when he purchased a designer belt
Barneys division store is going through a lawsuit after a 19-year-outdated black student claims he was wrongly grabbed by store detectives because of his shade and accused of stealing a designer belt
Nevertheless once he had paid for the belt and had left Barneys on April 29 this yr, the vogue-loving teen was grabbed by undercover officers on the street.
According to the civil rights lawsuit, the 19-12 months-old was asked 'how a young black man equivalent to himself could afford to buy such an expensive belt'.
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Harlem rapper Juelz Santana (pictured right) wearing the belt coveted by his teenage fan
Mr Christian's lawyer Michael Palillo instructed the brand new York Day by day News: 'He’s never been arrested.
'His only crime was being a young black guy buying a $300 belt.'
A Barneys store worker had asked the 19-yr-outdated for ID when he used his Chase debit card to purchase the belt. Mr Christian showed the clerk his state ID.
The store cashier then subsequently referred to as the police to say that the acquisition was a fraud, according to the lawsuit.
Officers took the teenager, who is an engineering freshman at the NYC College of Technology, to a neighborhood precinct.
Mr Christian once again confirmed his ID, debit card and receipt for the belt.
Officers still refused to believe the teenager.
'Regardless of producing such documentation Christian was instructed that his identification was false and that he couldn't afford to make such an expensive buy,' the suit states.
Lastly Chase financial institution was contacted who verified that the debit card belonged to Mr Christian.
It was solely then that he was allowed to go after spending two hours in a holding cell, the suit claims.
The NYPD denied this and said the scholar was only held for 42 minutes.
The scholar, who has no historical past of arrests, mentioned that he won't ever store at Barneys again following the incident.
The teenager, who now works at Target, advised the News: 'I brought the belt again to Barneys a couple of days later and returned it. I got my cash again, I’m not purchasing there once more. It’s cruel.