Bad haircut leads to 5 arrests

Three men and two teenagers are facing charges in Bridgeport after a dispute over a haircut reportedly led to a physical fight and ended with shots being fired in the central part of the city over the weekend.

Several police officers responded to the 200 block of Maplewood Avenue on Saturday to investigate a report of gunshots in the area. They were told by dispatchers that one of the people responsible might live in a basement apartment nearby and when they arrived, they found a house with its basement door ajar.

The officers entered and found 43-year-old Robert Melvins, of Bridgeport, who asid there was no one else in the basement. But a moment later, 43-year-old Gary Alston, of Stamford, and two 17-year-olds emerged from a bedroom.

Officers also reportedly found Tajvon Ferris, 19, of Bridgeport, hiding in the basement.

Police said they recovered a 9mm pistol and what appeared to be crack cocaine in the apartment.

Melvins allegedly told police that he had been giving another man a haircut but that the man didn’t like it, which led to a fight. During the fight, a gun fell from the man’s pocket and someone else picked it up and held it until they were separated.  The man left and that’s when Melvins said he heard the gunshots outside.

Melvins said that the man had left the recovered 9mm pistol with him about five weeks ago to “hold” it.

Police said everyone in the apartment was charged with narcotics-related offenses. Melvins additionally was charged with criminal possession of a firearm.

Wes Duplantier