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Friday, April 3, 2009

Honey, Don't Tase Me: San Bruno Stunner Strikes in Sunset

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Don't let one of these into your salon
  • Don't let one of these into your salon

This is a story with a happier ending than we thought.

The San Francisco Police Department put out a press release yesterday stating that a San Bruno man had come into the city and "used a stun gun to assault his 37-year-old estranged wife."

We couldn't help but think immediately of No Country For Old Men villain Anton Chigurh, the psychotic assassin -- played by Javier Bardem in the film version of Cormac McCarthy's novel -- who kills some of his victims with a captive bolt gun, the device that shoots a fixed steel rod into the heads of cattle at slaughter. The guy who does this job at the stockyard is called the stunner.

What can we say? It's been a long week.

Turns out nothing quite so grotesque was going on at the Sunset District hair salon where Steve Huang, 36, came to start some trouble. SFPD public affairs couldn't confirm for us what sort of weapon was used, but according to a report on the incident from CBS, the "stun gun" was of the electric-shock variety, not the creepy-murderer-with-a-captive-bolt-gun variety. Whew.

Huang allegedly stole a "decorative statue" from the salon -- Sorry, guys, but is a little detail in these press releases too much to ask? -- and zapped his wife before fleeing the scene. He was taken into custody on April 1 and was being held on charges including domestic violence, assault, child endangerment, possession of loaded firearms, and burglary.

Rest easy, San Francisco, in the knowledge that people are not dying like cattle in the city's hair salons. Not that artists' renderings of anatomically correct produce cows are much better.

Photo by Drab Makyo.

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