(As originally published, Wed, November 29th 2023, 3:29 PM EST)
FORT MYERS, Fla., (TND) — Barbershops are not often targeted by robbers since they’re not known for keeping a lot of cash on hand, but there’s always an exception.
A man in Florida is accused of violently holding up a barbershop on Black Friday and the victim had to be “immediately transported” to the hospital because of his injuries.
“The victim sustained several small lacerations throughout his body including a 2-inch laceration to his neck from the physical altercation,” according to the arrest report. “Medical staff believe the victim suffered bruised ribs and the lacerations to his neck would require a small amount of stitches to close up.”
Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said surveillance video showed “a man with a white shirt covering his face, blue flannel shirt, gloves, and black pants,” and they alerted others headed to the scene.
One found a man who “had gloves with suspected blood on them, a white shirt that matched the piece of clothing used by the suspect to cover his face that had suspected blood on it, and another black mask on his person.”
They said he gave them a fake name and did the same at the hospital where they took him for medical clearance.
Detectives said the victim told them he was the last employee in the barbershop and was closing early on the day after Thanksgiving when the robber entered.
“The male suspect proceeded to strike the victim in the face numerous times while demanding money,” the arrest report said. “As the victim began defending himself, the suspect produced a small pocketknife to try and stab him. The victim disarmed the suspect and then the suspect fled the store out the back door.
“The victim does not know if the suspect took any money from the store and advised there is only a small amount of money in the register. The victim has never seen the suspect before his incident and got a good look at him during the struggle after he managed to take the ski mask off the suspect.”
The victim later identified the suspect.
Also, “The pocketknife used in the robbery was located and collected. A pool stick used to strike the victim was also collected as evidence. Suspected blood scattered throughout the business was documented and collected.”
Plus, authorities said a side profile of the robber’s face seen on surveillance video matched the suspect.
Then, “While being transported, the suspect gave multiple other names to deputies indicating the name he provided initially was not correct. Deputies queried the local database and identified the suspect as Duncan Ray Greggersen.”
The 31-year-old is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, robbery with a weapon, and providing a false name to law enforcement.
He was denied bond.