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Michael Berry: Time to Revisit Firehouse Saloon Incident?

Alleged TC's Incident not Berry's first wee-hours bar parking lot fiasco.
Alleged TC's Incident not Berry's first wee-hours bar parking lot fiasco.
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The alleged TC's Show Bar incident that came to light today would not be conservative talker Michael Berry's first late-night bar parking lot misadventure.

On December 22, 2007, just as his term on City Council was coming to a close thanks to term limits, Berry attended a concert by his friend Cory Morrow at the Firehouse Saloon on Fountainview at the Southwest Freeway.

Berry would later say that as he was leaving the tavern, at 1 a.m. on December 23, he was carjacked at knifepoint in the parking lot. He told the Houston Chronicle that he got in his Chevy Tahoe, put down his Blackberry and stuck the keys in the ignition, when suddenly his passenger-side door flew open and a Hispanic man with a knife jumped in the car.

Berry said that as he was trying to shield himself from the first attacker, a second man, also Hispanic and packing a blade, jumped in the back seat.

"Then I realized there were two guys and I needed to get out," Berry told the Chron.

He further told the Chron that as he was jumping out of the Tahoe's driver-side door, he ran into a third knife-toting Hispanic male. Berry says he ran past him and the guy gave chase.

Berry said he was scared that he was about to be stabbed in the back so he turned around to face his assailant. The attacker demanded his wallet, but Berry says he didn't have to hand it over, because the Tahoe was already rolling by this point and the other two guys picked their buddy up and drove off.

Berry was not injured in the attack. He told Channel 2 News that he didn't call police at first, choosing instead to take a cab home and hug his wife and kids.

The Onstar system led police to the Tahoe, which was found intact, mere hours after Berry filed his report, at an apartment complex on Gulfton Boulevard, just across the Southwest Freeway from the Firehouse. Perhaps these gangsters didn't want to take the Tahoe to a chop-shop or smuggle it overseas -- they just didn't have cab fare. No arrests were ever made.

At any rate, citing embarrassment, Berry didn't publicly discuss the incident for the first week or two after it occurred, and then wouldn't stop talking about it for a day or two, and then clammed up again.


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