It turns out the gold BMW sport SUV was registered to high profile attorney and WIBC radio talk show host Greg Garrison, who matched the description of the man who got into the physical altercation with my neighbor, according to a report in today's Indianapolis Star. According to The Star, Garrison is a lucky man because my neighbor, a financial advisor, has decided not to press charges against him. Garrison wouldn't respond to calls from The Star seeking comment on the altercation. Here's how The Star described the assault:
. . . The financial advisor, a Lockerbie resident, told the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department he was sitting on the porch of his gated, two-story townhouse when he noticed a copper, 2013 SUV parked on the street at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18. The SUV didn‘t belong to any residents on the 500 block of east Vermont Street and did not have a resident parking pass in the window.
A gray-haired man and woman approached the SUV but before getting in the car, the apparent sexagenarian turned onto a flower bed of a home, uprooted a lawn sign and flung it, according to the police report.
The sign read “Pence Must Go.” Several have been posted in yards in the neighborhood since Pence signed the controversial RFRA bill, widely interpreted as being discriminatory against gays and lesbians.
The financial advisor, from his porch, shouted that the gray-haired man was “disrespecting his neighbor’s property,” according to the report. He claimed that the man yelled a profanity back at him before getting into the SUV. He told police he went into the street and stood in front of the SUV, to prevent it from leaving, while he called police on a cell phone.
A police report says the driver put the car in motion and tried to “nudge” the Lockerbie resident out of the way, knocking him onto the hood. The driver steered around the resident, who slapped the driver’s side window.
“Do you wanna go?” challenged the driver, an apparent invitation to fisticuffs.
According to the report, the alleged vandal got out of the car and “struck (the victim) in the mouth with a closed fist. After the punch he grabbed (his) shirt and ripped it.”
The resident got the suspect to the ground and “kicked the suspect in the face and he went back to the ground,” the report said. The woman intervened. “Hit me,” she yelled to the financial adviser, according to the police report.
The resident said he just wanted the license plate number. His adversaries quickly drove away. He wrote down the plate and called police.
The police traced the plate to a conservative local radio host and blogger who has appeared at events with Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard; a lawyer and former county prosecutor who sent Mike Tyson to prison for rape in 1992 . . .Although my neighbor didn't recognize Garrison, which surprises me, there's little doubt he was the man driving the car unless he loaned it to a twin brother. If I had done something like this, I would be facing criminal charges as well as a suspension of my law license. Garrison should consider himself a lucky man.
UPDATE AND CORRECTION: An earlier post misidentified, Doug Garrison, a former FBI agent who now serves as communications chief for the Indiana Department of Correction, as a twin brother of Greg Garrison. Robin Garrison Nichols contacted me to advise me of this error. Coincidentally, Doug has a twin brother according to Carol, but it is not Greg. Advance Indiana apologizes to Doug Garrison for the confusion. The source I earlier relied upon mistakenly believed Greg and Doug were twin brothers.