Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Don't Mess with the South

This story comes out of the city I'm about to move to.
A would-be robber got a hard lesson at a beauty school in Shreveport today: Don't mess with a class of aspiring hair stylists.

The man went into Blalock's Professional Beauty College in the 5400 block of Mansfield Road around noon intending to rob it.

Instead, he would up on the receiving end of fists, a curling iron, a table leg and a 2-by-4 when the 18 women and two men in the class fought back and held him until police arrived.

"He walked into a hornet's nest," Police Officer E.J. Swartout said.

The students said the man had ordered everyone to lie on the floor. But instructor Dianne Mitchell tripped him when he came out of a back room. He fell onto a chair and the students went after him.

"I was getting up and saying, 'Get him! Get him!' And everybody started charging him," Mitchell said.

"I've been out on the streets eight years and this is one of those deals when he walked into the wrong place at the wrong time," Officer Swartout said.

Police said the would-be robber, identified as Jared Gipson, 24, was carrying an unloaded gun.

Three people at the school suffered cuts and bruises. Gipson was taken to LSU Hospital to get stitches.

Roberts' mother, Verline Norris, waited outside the school while police investigated.

"They should have whipped him," she said of what happened inside. "That will stop a lot of this robbery that is going on in Shreveport."
Too funny! Imagine the scene when he has to face his fellow criminals - whipped by a bunch of student beauticians. LOL!!!