A Pekin man allegedly tried to scare and then push around the petite hair stylist he intended to rob in her salon Tuesday evening.

The 31-year-old woman didn’t cooperate.

She saw through Mark Lawson’s fake handgun trick, leg-whipped him down to one knee, hung onto his leg as he dragged her toward the business’s door and then chased him down the street while calling the police, court records stated.

With the description she supplied, officers soon caught Lawson, 44, who was charged Wednesday with robbery and aggravated battery.

At nearly 6 feet tall, Lawson stood a foot taller than the victim he targeted when he walked into Vintage Beauty Lounge at 1506 Sheridan Road, police said.

When the woman and a co-worker told him the salon was about to close, he replied, “Well, then this is a robbery,” and stuck a finger from inside his sweatshirt’s pocket to mimic a handgun barrel, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.

“No, it isn’t,” the woman replied, according to police.

Lawson pushed his way past her to reach her purse and the wallet it contained on a nearby counter top. “No!” the woman said as she grabbed his arm and leg-whipped him. After a brief struggle he rose, grabbed the wallet and headed towards the door, dragging the woman as she held onto his leg, the affidavit stated.

He broke free and ran, then slowed down to check the wallet’s contents. Behind him was the woman, who had called 911 on her cellphone while sprinting in pursuit, the affidavit stated.

Lawson ran on but was caught several blocks away. He acknowledged taking the wallet, the affidavit stated.

He was ordered held on $20,000 bond pending his next court appearance on Nov. 22.

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