Woman in court for attack on hair stylist

Posted at 8:30 AM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 20:25:04-05

A woman accused of trying to shoot a stylist who gave her a haircut she didn't like pleaded not guilty Tuesday to premeditated attempted murder and the use of a firearm.

Adrian Blanche Swain, 29, faces life in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey.

The prosecutor told Judge Jay Bloom that Swain got a haircut at the 619 Barber Shop in the 3900 block of 30th Street in North Park last Wednesday. Harvey alleged the defendant returned 20 minutes later -- upset about her haircut -- and pointed a loaded gun at barber Manny Montero and pulled the trigger three times, but it didn't fire.

"She said (to the barber), 'Look at what you did to my hair,'" Harvey said.

"There was not a round racked in the chamber, so the best that we can guess is that she hadn't first racked a round so that when she pulled the trigger, the gun was not able to fire," the prosecutor said.

Once the gun jammed, Montero and a fellow stylist held Swain until police arrived.

The judge set Swain's bail at $750,000, calling her a "danger" and saying she was lucky that she wasn't facing a murder charge.

A readiness conference was set for Feb. 25 and a preliminary hearing for Feb. 29.