Man Accused of Cutting Barbershop Customer with Shears
Police say a 52-year-old DC man argued with the victims about whom had won a foot race near a barbershop.
Bets on which barbershop customer would win a race outside of Big G's Barbershop in the Briggs Chaney section of Silver Spring turned out to be not-so-friendly, according to police.
Eric Rice, 52, faces assault charges after police accused him of cutting a fellow customer's hand with barber's shears after the men argued over who won the race. Rice also is charged with punching a second man.
Officers from Montgomery County police's 3rd District arrived at 13870 Old Columbia Pike around 5:22 p.m. Wednesday, just in time to see Rice, of Northeast DC, punching a 40-year-old in the face, police said.
After speaking with witnesses, officers said Rice and a 28-year-old male, both patrons of the barbershop, had raced each other outside of the shop and that other customers and employees placed bets on the outcome.
Police said that Rice and his race opponent went back inside but couldn't agree on who won. Rice allegedly grabbed a pair of shears from one of the barber stations and began making stabbing motions at his opponent, police said, causing cuts to the man's left hand.
Other customers in the shop were able to get the shears away from Rice and the two men left the barbershop together, along with another person, police said.
It was the third person, a 40-year-old, whom police said they observed Rice punching in the face when they arrived at the barbershop.
Both victims were treated for minor injuries, police said.
Rice was released on personal bond and awaits a court date for first-degree assault, second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.