'Kidnap victim' arrested in barbershop robbery

Hasaan Ford

August 3, 2011 12:11:27 AM PDT
There's a twist in Monday's reported abduction of a 16-year-old Antioch boy during a barbershop robbery.

The teen, Hassan Ford, was arrested Tuesday, after admitting that he helped rob the barbershop in which he worked, and made up the story that he was kidnapped.

The CHP had posted an AMBER Alert in an effort to find him. Now, he is in police custody.

Police also arrested a 23-year-old Antioch man who investigators say masterminded the robbery.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that Ford was refusing to meet with police. His family members told police that he was OK.

As of 11 a.m., the owner of the barbershop had yet to hear from Ford.

"I haven't heard from him. I'm surprised that he hasn't called me because he has my cell number and something this serious, I'm sure he would have called me by now, or at least his mother. I have a good repertoire with her - she hasn't called. I have been in contact with some of her distant cousins and the cousins as well have not been in contact with his mother. So this is all kind of shocking," said the shop owner.

On Monday, the barbershop owner described what he thought were the frightening moments leading up to the teen's apparent abduction. He said a man "pulled the gun on him and put it to his face, to his chest area. And [he] was very scared and frightened and startled."

The owner of the barbershop didn't want to be identified, but he said the suspect entered his business with a sawed-off shotgun, then ordered him to the ground, and demanded everything he had.

"At that point, when he figured out which key was mine after I told him which vehicle was mine, he got up and he was leaving. At that point [Ford] was coming from an errand he was running for me at the store and he encountered the assailant and he told [Ford] to get in the car, start it up and if you do anything wrong I'm going to shoot now," said the shop owner.

The stolen black GMC two-door Yukon was later recovered.

ABC7's Amy Hollyfield contributed to this report.

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