Hair Bandit: Man Chops Off Hotel Desk Clerk's Ponytail and Runs

October 5, 2015

A Twin Cities hotel worker says she was the victim of a hair heist.

Kristine Rippon is a desk clerk at the Comfort Suites hotel in Ramsey. She claims a man suddenly cut off her ponytail, then ran away Sunday.

Rippon says the man walked into the hotel and asked her if she would consider cutting her hair. She says she told him she wasn't interested.

Rippon — who hadn't cut her hair in 17 years — says the man asked if her hair was real, and she let him touch it. She turned to walk away, but the man grabbed her ponytail and cut it off.

A witness told Ramsey police she thought the man paid Rippon for her hair. Officers are waiting to check surveillance video from the hotel.