Salon robber gets 10 years

Carlon Dwayne Keal Jr

Carlon Dwayne Keal Jr., 23, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Feb. 20 on three counts of aggravated robbery, all first degree felonies. 

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, officers were dispatched to the 9th Avenue Port Arthur salon, “Hair by Vicki,” after store attendees said they were robbed by three black men who fled in a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix. 

When officers arrived in the area, they located the suspect vehicle traveling north of Peek Avenue and followed the suspects to the intersection of Snider Avenue and Dryden Road before pulling the vehicle over. 

The affidavit said Keal was identified as the front right passenger and police found a pellet pistol behind his seat in the back right floorboard. 

Police also located much of the stolen property taken from the three women at the salon, according to the affidavit. 

When he appeared before Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court Monday, May 12, Keal shrugged in response to questioning by Stevens as to why he robbed the three women. 

“I was chasing a high,” Keal said. “...wanted to get high.” 

Keal admitted in open court to smoking PCP and said he was trying to get more as he had no job and no high school diploma that would have made it easier to find a job.  

When pressed as to where he bought his drugs, Keal refused to answer directly. 

Keal also admitted to stealing “money, purses, cell phones and car keys” during the robbery of the Port Arthur salon. 

Stevens seemed especially taken aback by Keal’s admission in a police statement that he had no remorse for committing the crimes, especially since he was high on PCP. 

“You really don’t care do you?,” Stevens said. “That’s the feeling I get.” 

Stevens sentenced Keal to 10 years in prison and he must serve at least half his sentence before he’s eligible for parole as Keal pleaded guilty to using a weapon during the course of the robbery. 

“Your responses you’ve given this court gives us truly little choice, sir. You have no empathy for your fellow human being,” Stevens said. “You seem to really not care that you threatened people’s lives and they are traumatized forever.”