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Former Brookhaven salon owner charged in stalking

A Crystal Springs man with Brookhaven connections has a court date in December on one charge of stalking and two counts of disturbing the peace, according to an arrest record from the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Carr Lang, 62, was arrested Thursday by officers with the Richland Police Department in a joint effort with the Brandon Police Department.

He was released Saturday on a $40,000 bond.

According to Richland police, Lang was arrested due to complaints in both cities of stalking women in stores there and making unwanted advances or comments.

Richland Police list Lang as a resident of Crystal Springs, while Rankin County jail puts him as living in Brandon.

Richland says more charges could be forthcoming and both agencies ask for help from anyone with information regarding these or similar incidents.

Lang and his wife, Beverly Lang, are listed in 2013 court documents as the owners of Robenee Hair Salon and Suntan Depot. The two businesses are located together at 110 East Cherokee St. in Brookhaven. Documents with the city of Brookhaven list Beverly Lang as the owner of Robenee Hair Salon and Sue Lang as the owner of Suntan Depot.

In 2006, the Langs were sued by a female employee who claimed she was assaulted by Lang at her apartment. She also sued both for conversion of her property, negligent and intentional infliction of mental illness and failure to carry out the business relationship in good faith.

In an appeal filed by the Langs’ attorney in November 2013, the jury returned a compensatory damage verdict against Beverly Lang in the amount of $35,000. In addition, the jury returned a punitive damage verdict of $245,000 against the Langs.

The appeal was denied in 2014, according to court records.

Correction: A previous version of this story did not include information about ownership of the business from the city’s records. Robert Lang was listed as a previous owner of  the business in court records but city records show Beverly Lang and Sue Lang as owners.