Barber shot, shop robbed, Police search for suspects
July 13, 2012 10:21 AM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Two suspects are on the run following an armed barber shop robbery Thursday night.
Metro police told Nashville's News 2 two men came into Images Braids and Barber Shop on Westchester Driver, near the intersection of Dickerson Pike, around 10 p.m.
The barber inside was closing up after finishing a haircut. As his customer tried to leave, he was met at the door by the two suspects, one of whom immediately opened fire.
"They shot the barber on the way in to the store. They shot him in the arm," Metro Det. Robert Swisher said. "They weren't playing around."
The suspects stole cash, cell phones and a flat screen television, before taking off in the barber's vehicle.
Ten minutes later, the vehicle was found, still running, by residents in the Bellshire neighborhood less than a mile from the shop.
A track by Metro K9 led to a vacant home on a nearby street.
Special Response Team members, a division of Metro SWAT, made several attempts to call the suspects out of the house. With no response, the team went inside and found the house empty.
Clothes believed to belong to the suspects were found on the roof. The flat screen television was found in a shed behind the house.
Because of the timing of the crime and the route of escape, investigators believe the suspects are local.
"They went from the area where they dumped the car. They went through a cut-through into a wooded area to another street. They know the area," said Det. Swisher. "They're from here or they've been around here."
The suspects are described as two black males between the ages of 18 and 20 years old. The gunman was reported to be wearing all red and having dread-locked hair with red tips.
"These people that do this kind of crime will be bragging about it. I guarantee you that," Swisher said. "They'll be telling everybody what they did, and they'll be proud of it."
Anyone with information is urged to call Metro police at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.