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Man Loses Hand When Robber Ties Hands Too Tight

A robber tied up a Boston man so tight, he developed gangrene and doctors had to amputate his left hand, police said Thursday. Bruce Northrup, a 60-year-old chemical engineer, was staying at an extended-stay hotel in north Phoenix to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said the victim was walking away from `his rental car in the parking lot of the hotel on Saturday evening when a man came up to him and asked him for a cigarette.

Northrup said he did not have any, but the man followed him to his room and tied him up at gunpoint, Tranter said.

After another man and possibly a woman came into the room, Northrup was placed in a bathtub and told not to move.

The robbers stole a computer, checks and credit cards and Northrup's rental car before leaving. He stayed in the bathtub for 24 hours before a maid found him and called police.

Northrup's bindings were so tight, it caught of the circulation to his hands, police said.

Northrup's left hand was amputated and doctors also wanted to take his right hand. They didn't after Northrup pleaded with them to wait until a vascular surgeon in Boston takes a look at it.

Police said the suspects in the robbery remained at large Thursday.