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(DC) Like Mayor's Hair, Robbery At NE Barbershop Is Cut Short

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Drizzt, May 18, 2003.

  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Moscow on the Colorado, TX
    Like Mayor's Hair, Robbery At NE Barbershop Is Cut Short

    By Clarence Williams
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, May 17, 2003; Page B05

    The owner of Campbell's Barber Shop, where Mayor Anthony A. Williams recently got a new hairstyle, apparently keeps more than a razor and scissors at the ready.

    John Campbell raced out of the Northeast Washington barbershop on Tuesday -- armed with a .38-caliber revolver -- and chased a robber. He exchanged gunshots with the man, who ran into nearby woods, where police later found and arrested a suspect.

    Police and witnesses said the episode unfolded at 4:50 p.m., when a gunman robbed a hot dog vendor who works on the sidewalk just outside the barbershop, in the 5700 block of Dix Street NE. Campbell also owns the hot dog stand.

    "He said, 'Give up the bank or I'm going to shoot you in the leg,' " recalled Andre Prophet, the vendor. Prophet turned over $138 from his pants pocket. Moments after the gunman left, Prophet said, he ran into the barbershop for help.

    Campbell grabbed his pistol and chased the robber around the corner onto 57th Place NE, Prophet said. Police did not identify Campbell as the citizen involved in the incident because they typically do not name witnesses. But they said gunfire was exchanged, with the suspect firing first; both men fired two shots, police said.

    No one was hit by the gunshots, police said. The pursuit ended about 21/2 blocks from the barbershop, in a wooded stretch of Watts Branch Park in the 5800 block of Blaine Street NE.

    When police officers arrived, they used a dog from the canine unit to help search the bushes. The dog bit Shadawncea Gardner, who was arrested, on the right leg, police said. Authorities said a .380-caliber handgun was found two feet from where Gardner was apprehended...

    ...The District has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Since 1976, it has been illegal to carry a pistol in the city without a license. The D.C. code effectively prohibits anyone but law enforcement officials from carrying a handgun. But lawmakers granted an exception to people who registered their handguns before the 1976 law went into effect.

    Campbell, who said he is in his fifties, declined to comment on the matter, and it was unclear yesterday whether he has a license to carry a weapon. He has not been charged.

    Channing D. Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said the case is still under investigation.

    Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman, said the department appreciates the commitment of concerned citizens but does not advocate citizens being armed "to put themselves in harm's way."...

    ...The shop is in a tiny cradle of commerce at the end of a one-way street. By day, children play along the stretch and adults sit outside. But after dark, robberies have grown more common near the trails that go through the woods, residents said.

  2. Cliff

    Cliff Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Northern Virginia
    Been a while, but I've been in that barbershop. Everybody's very polite to the barbers there.;) :D
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Range time.
  4. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Decatur, AL
    "Range time."

    Where's he going to go to practice? Virginia?
  5. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    New barbershop quartet: the 38 Specials.
  6. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Colorado Springs
    No, Sgt. Gentile prefers the citizens to be unarmed in harm's way :scrutiny:

    Seems that being unarmed is what put the hot dog vendor was in harm's way in the first place.
  7. Monte Harrison

    Monte Harrison Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    I'm not so sure a southern rock band from Florida plays that well in predominantly-black DC. :D
  8. Feanaro

    Feanaro Senior Member

    Mar 29, 2003
    Leeds, AL.
    "Just hold on loosely, but don't let go. If ya cling too tightly you're gonna loose control..."

    Oh, sorry. Got lost in music-land there. The barber did pretty good but he should go plink some cans or something. ;)

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