A man who was caught on video trying to burglarize a Covina laundromat over the weekend while wearing a dress and a wig was facing assault and robbery charges, police said Monday.
An employee at a laundromat in the 800 block of West Covina Boulevard (map) checked the facility's surveillance video about 6:30 a.m. Sunday and saw what appeared to be a woman using a crowbar to pry open a video game machine, the Covina Police Department stated in a news release.
While attempting to remove money from the machine, the burglar was confronted by the employee, who still thought he was a woman because he was wearing a dress and had long hair, according to the Police Department.
Surveillance video of the incident shows the employee approach the crouched burglar who begins to scramble to his feet. That's when his wig flies off and he attempts to flee the business.
The employee, now realizing the suspect was a man, still attempted to detain him, until she was struck in the arm with a crowbar, the Police Department stated.
She then followed the suspect out of the business and watched as he entered the passenger side of a vehicle, which drove away.
Responding police pulled the vehicle over and arrested both the passenger, identified as Charles Durant, and the driver.
The employee positively identified Durant, 62, who was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, drug related offenses and three felony warrants.
The driver, identified as Gabriel Curiel, 40, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of burglary tools, according to the Police Department.