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A haircut gone awry

Published: July 13, 2013, 6:58 pm, by Jesse Paul

By Jesse Paul | jesse.paul@gazette.com

In the midst of some evening haircuts, an armed man entered a barbershop in east-central Colorado Springs, produced a handgun and robbed the owner of $700, court records show.

But the the owner, assisted by shop patrons and friends, quickly decided to not let the suspect get away.

Two men were arrested Tuesday night in connection with an armed robbery that led to a shootout. Around 6:30 p.m., officers responded to the 2300 block of East Platte Avenue where they learned shots were fired following a robbery at nearby barber shop, police said.

Officers arrested Lee Wildes, 20, and Stacey Anderson, 21, in connection with the robbery and assault. Anderson was still being held at the El Paso County Jail on Friday afternoon in lieu of bail.

Witnesses told police that a man entered High Definition Cutz and robbed the owner there at gunpoint before fleeing with another suspect. The shop owner and those accompanying him started searching the nearby area in two vehicles.

They eventually encountered Anderson in a vehicle being driven by Wildes, according to an arrest affidavit. The shop owner chased Anderson on foot before the suspect used the gun to strike him in the scalp, cutting open his head. During a struggle for the gun, the shop owner recovered the firearm along with the help of another man, according to court records.

In the fight to secure the weapon, two to three rounds were fired but did not strike anyone, witnesses told police. Anderson fled the scene and was later located by police canvassing the area.

Wildes was detained by one of the shop owners friends until police arrived.

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