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Ocala Barber Shop Robbery and Shooting Causes Increased Night Security

By on December 2nd, 2013

An armed robbery turned violent in Ocala late Saturday night at Alpha Barbers.

Police said two males entered the shop, at 1524 North Magnolia Ave., demanding money and cell phones. The shop owner, Jose Rodriguez, and his employee Juan Carlos Sustache-Pagan were the only people inside.

The intruders were described as black, about 5-foot-8 with close cropped hair. Both were said to be in their 20s and carrying revolver-style handguns. They wore all black and one had on a silver necklace with circular diamonds.

Rodriguez and Sustache-Pagan gave them about $1,000 in cash and their cell phones. The were instructed to get on the floor before being shot.

Rodriguez was shot in the back and was released from the hospital Sunday. Sustache-Pagan was shot in the chest and arm and was released Monday morning.

“We’ve got to find them and interview them and find out what the purpose behind shooting them after you’ve gotten what you’ve came for,” said Sgt. Angy Scroble of the Ocala Police Department.

Rodriguez’s main concern isn’t his wounds, he said Monday, it’s his customer’s safety. He has already hired armed night security.

Alpha Barbers will continue business as usual.

“We’re going to be open every day still, taking care of the customers,” Rodriguez said. “That’s our priority.”

Police urge anyone with information to call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000 or the Marion County Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP.


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