Friday, June 17, 2005

Feisty ladies: "An armed robber brandishing a revolver and some tough talk entered Blalock's Beauty College demanding money Tuesday afternoon. He left crying, bleeding and under arrest, after Dianne Mitchell, her students and employees attacked the suspect, beating him into submission. Mitchell tripped the robber as he tried to leave and cried aloud "get that sucker" as the group of about 20, nearly all women, some wielding curling irons, bludgeoned him until police arrived. "You can tell the world don't mess with the women here," said the 53-year-old who manages the Shreveport beauty school in the 5400 block of Mansfield Road. Jared Gipson, 24, of Shreveport was charged with armed robbery, Shreveport police said. He will be booked into the City Jail once he is released from the hospital. "He received several lacerations to the head and was taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport," spokeswoman Kacee Hargrave said. "Nobody else was seriously injured besides the suspect.... Bishop jumped on the man's back, driving him into the ground. Seizing the opportunity, Mitchell rallied her students. "We moved some furniture after that," she yelped with joy as she retold the tale. Arming themselves with curling irons, chairs, a wooden table leg and clenched fists, the women attacked. Blood and urine splattered from the victim; stains adorned the white paints worn by many of the beauty school students. Crying in pain, the robber tried to crawl away from the students, Mitchell said.

Florida: 76 year old fatally shoots intruder: "A 76-year-old Polk County man shot and killed a 19-year-old neighbor Sunday night and has told investigators the younger man broke into his mobile home and wrestled away his wallet ... Bright told deputies that Lusk had come to his home earlier in the evening and they argued after Bright accused Lusk of stealing from him. Bright told Lusk he wanted his money back and also asked Lusk to leave, Shanley said. Lusk refused to leave at first, then did, then returned later, and when Bright wouldn't let him in, threw a cement block through a window and got in the home, Shanley said. Bright told investigators Lusk then pushed him down and took his wallet. Bright went and got a .22-caliber rifle and shot Lusk after he still refused to leave and continued to act in a threatening manner."

Louisiana: Carjacker shot: "The assistant principal of Youree Drive Middle School in Shreveport is hospitalized with a gunshot wound after a shootout with a man who allegedly tried to carjack him. Shreveport Police say Charles Washington arrived at police headquarters Sunday with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, saying he'd just been shot by a man and returned fire. Washington says a man approached him at an intersection, demanding his car keys and wallet. Washington says the man shot him and he shot back, wounding the alleged robber identified as Gabriel Robinson. The 20-year-old Robinson was booked into the city jail on a charge of attempted second-degree murder. Washington remains hospitalized in fair condition. Caddo Parish Schools Superintendent Ollie Tyler, who was Washington's boss at the school for several years, visited with him yesterday. She says he seems in good spirits and he told her he was ready to get back to work. Meanwhile, police say Washington, in shooting his alleged assailant, was apparently acting in self-defense. While it's unclear if Washington has a license for a firearm, police say he didn't need one since he had the gun in his car, which is considered an extension of the home".

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