Beauty Students Beat Up Gunman
SHREVEPORT, La. — An armed gunman brought out the beast in a group of beauty school students.
On June 14, police said, a man brandishing a gun entered Blalock's Beauty College in Shreveport and told the women there to lie down on the floor. After collecting money from the students, authorities said, the gunman ran toward the front door but he was tripped by college manager Dianne Mitchell.
Abram Bishop, an employee of the school, then jumped on the alleged robber and pinned him to the ground. Led by Mitchell, the beauty school students, authorities said, descended upon the suspect and beat him with curling irons, chairs and wooden table legs.
"Basically everything that was not nailed down he was getting it with," Shreveport police Officer Eric Swartout.
"I got him and I wore him out with that stick," said Mitchell.
The gunman, identified as Jared Gipson, was hospitalized and charged with armed robbery. Police said they later found out that Gipson's gun wasn't loaded, but one student had no regrets about giving him a beating.
"He got what he deserved," said student Renae Collier.
Police said they do not recommend that people attack armed robbers.