SC barber accused of pulling gun, saying he ‘does not cut black hair’

Larry Thomas, 65. (Source: York County Sheriff's Office)

ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) – A Rock Hill barber is facing charges after he reportedly pulled a gun on a would-be customer after telling the man that he “does not cut black hair.”

According to a York County Sheriff’s Office report, a 37-year-old man went to a barber shop along the 2100-block of Celanese Road around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The man reportedly asked Larry Thomas, 65, for a hair cut and Thomas told him he “does not cut black hair.” According to the report, the man asked Thomas what that mean and Thomas “grabbed a pistol in his right hand, holding it to his side.”

The man told deputies that Thomas never pointed the gun at him, but he left the store when the gun came out. That’s when the called police.

According to the report, Thomas denied the allegations saying that he remembered the man coming to his shop, but never said anything about not cutting black hair and not pulling out a gun.

Thomas told the deputy that he keeps his handguns locked up in a shed behind the shop. When Thomas showed the deputies his handguns, the deputies notice a gun that was similar to the one the man had described – a chrome-colored revolver that looked like a snub nose .38 caliber.

Thomas was arrested and charged with pointing and presenting firearms at a person. He was booked in the Moss Justice Center and is being held on a $3,000 bond.

The gun was taken into evidence.

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