Piedmont barber attacked with crowbar, suspect arrested
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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Curtis Pope snips hair as he gives customer Jerry Thacker a haircut. The barger was recently assaulted at his shop. Photo by Trent Penny.
Curtis Pope snips hair as he gives customer Jerry Thacker a haircut. The barger was recently assaulted at his shop. Photo by Trent Penny.
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Longtime Piedmont barber Curtis Pope is recovering from a Friday attack in his Center Avenue shop in which he was allegedly beaten with a crowbar.

Pope, 87, was struck with a metal crowbar by Heather Baldwin, 24, of Piedmont, according to the warrant for her arrest.

Baldwin had asked to borrow money from Pope, according to Pope’s co-worker, Anita Williams.

Baldwin was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree assault, a felony, according to court records. She was being held in the Calhoun County jail Monday afternoon. Her bond was set at $10,000. No attorney was listed in state court records as representing her. She is set to appear in court Sept. 12.

Several attempts to reach Piedmont police for information on the case were unsuccessful.

Williams, who has worked with Pope for 10 years, said that Baldwin had been borrowing money from Pope for some time, but in recent months Pope had refused her continued requests for more.

“She kept harassing him really bad. She called a lot and I’d answer the phone. He’d keep telling her no,” Williams said.

Pope was released from Gadsden Regional Medical Center on Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Attempts Monday to reach Pope’s family for comment were unsuccessful. Williams said Pope suffered a broken shoulder and injuries to both hands and his head.

Williams said family members suspect Pope will need rehabilitation before returning to work. Williams said since the assault she’s fielded many phone calls and visits from people worried about Pope.

Williams said Baldwin wasn’t the only person who would often borrow money from Pope, but that the woman was persistent despite Pope’s refusals.

Pope opened his barber shop in Piedmont in 1958, and has been a barber for 65 years.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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