Jason’s Barbershop on North Shore has re-opened for business after the murder of 31-year-old Joshua Robinson inside the establishment this past Saturday.
In a written statement owner Dean Fox said, “There are some of our clients, who are apprehensive about their safety, but this could have happened anywhere — any business which caters to the public at large is at risk.
“This could have taken place at a laundromat or a restaurant. Nothing like this has ever happened in the entire history of our business, or even come close.
“Unfortunately, because of what’s happened, we feel it’s necessary now to take proper precautions to protect ourselves as employees, as well as protect our clients. We are not going to continue operating if it’s a risk to ourselves or our customers.
“We are now in the process of installing an electronic buzzer on the door, as well as surveillance cameras to identify all those entering the barber shop.
“As of now, we are physically letting people into the shop, but they have to remove their helmets or hoodies or anything else which would obscure their identity. This will prevent anyone with bad intent from simply walking into the shop.
“We plan on doing everything in our power to ensure that Jason’s is a safe environment, as it has been for the past 20 years, despite this tragic incident, which could not have been foreseen,” continued Mr Fox.
“We are so grateful to our clients who have already demonstrated that they are not going to be intimidated by this incident. They do realise that this was a random occurrence. We have had our clients’ support from the time we opened on Tuesday, we weren’t even going to open that day, just to meet to discuss how we could implement procedures to ensure safety at the shop.
“But clients started to turn up. They said they had come to pay their respects, but also wanted a haircut. Some of them were parents with their children.
“In no way are we making light of this terrible loss of a young life and our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Mr Robinson,” concluded Mr Fox.
Anyone with any information regarding the murder of Joshua Robinson is encouraged to contact Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro at the Serious Crime Unit directly on 247-1340. Alternatively, persons with information can call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.
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