A City Council Candidate's Wife Says She Beat the Crap Out of a Would-Be Carjacker Last Night

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Melissa Kingston worked late on Tuesday night, finally leaving her office at Friedman and Feiger at 8 p.m. or so. On her way home, she decided to make a quick detour to the Spec's liquor store at Central and Walnut Hill.

She had just pulled up to a stop sign in the parking lot when, she told police, a man approached her car, which had its top down, and pointed a snub-nosed revolver to her head. Kingston, who is the wife of City Council candidate Philip Kingston and is embroiled in a feud with activist Avi Adelman, didn't get a good look at the gun but told officers it was "possibly a .38 special."

The gunman spoke in broken English and told Kingston, whom he kept referring to as "Sarah," to move into the passenger seat. She refused at first but, after the man grabbed her arm and tried to drag her out of the car, she undid her seat belt and made as if she were going to move over.

Apparently satisfied, the man relaxed somewhat and lowered his gun which, it turns out, was his big mistake. Kingston swung open the passenger door, knocking him to the ground. She then got out of the car and, according to a police report "began kicking the suspect repeatedly in the face and stomach."

She got back in her car once the man began crawling away and headed to her home in the Belmont Avenue Conservation District off Lower Greenville, where she called police. We've left a message for Kingston in case she has anything to add.

Update at 11:09 a.m.: "I was lucky," Kingston told Unfair Park a few moments ago, declining to elaborate further on last night's events to "let the police have the opportunity to investigate this."

"Frankly I'm not sure how much of events like this I want broadcast more than they already have been," she said.

Asked why she waited until she returned home to call police: "I don't even know how to answer this." Anyone who raises that question, she suggested, should try taking a walk in her shoes.

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joeguru
joeguru

I guess everybody saw the article about this at www.dallas.org?

johnboy33
johnboy33

Heck yeah,, Now that's my kind of woman.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

C'mon Specs, put us out of our misery and realease the secruity footage.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

For anybody who has never been to Spec's:

1) They have probably the best selection of liquor/beer/wine in the city.  And they have probably the lowest prices.  It's not unheard of to drive out of your way to get liquor there...although it's not really out of her way anyway

2) This is not your normal shady liquor store parking lot.  It's fairly large, and there are always people coming and going due to the size of the store.  On top of the likelihood that there were other people outside at the time, there is always a security guard on duty and he spends most of his time in the parking lot.

It's very likely that there were multiple witnesses and that there are multiple security cameras.  We'll know the truth soon.

Willie
Willie

yep, he has my vote, too

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

SHOP SPECS! LOW PRICE AMAZING! HERES TO YOU, HERES TO MUGGINGS!!!!

Sarah Robison
Sarah Robison

My bet is this whole story is a lie for publicity. Who drives with their top down in the winter??!!

Crystal Means
Crystal Means

Why did she leave before calling the police??? The man had a gun! She was obviously in fear of her life and she did the best thing u could do second only to kicking his ass...I say good job lady

tmickle
tmickle

This sounds very funny....who drives a converitble  in the winter cold, calls the police not from the location-- this smells......just saying!

observist
observist topcommenter

If she had shot the guy, all the comments here would be supporting her and her 2nd amendment rights. Since all she did was beat him up and escape, she must be some crazy liar.

gollyrojer
gollyrojer

(Repeating my reply to allengwinn below:) I drive a convertible. I enjoy putting the top down in cool weather, as do many other convertible owners. I put a cap on my bald head, turn on the heat and direct it down, and if I'm going over about 35 roll up the windows to help keep the heat in. It's quite enjoyable to drive that way.  But I will never pull up to a liquor store after dark with the top down, no matter the temperature.  Too many shady characters hanging around.

nammer
nammer

i"m calling bullshit on this...how would the dude know her name?  and why was she at the liquor store on the feeder road leading AWAY from her house at 8:00 at night?  woudln't she go to one close to her house?  it would be cool if the Dallas News would investigate this as much as they're doing Parkland

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

I thought Spec's had on-site security? I could swear I've seen a police or security officer every time I've been there. She needs to put the top up because something in the air smells funny.

observist
observist topcommenter

I wonder how many of the new screen names on this thread are Avi Adelman?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

She had just pulled up to a stop sign in the parking lot....... 

So why not run back inside and  ask for assistance from the employees who worked at  Liquor store ?


observist
observist topcommenter

Totally Made Up?   It seems that an employed lawyer and spouse of city council candidate would have  nothing to gain and much to lose by completely fabricating a carjacking attempt. 

Top down?   If you paid for a convertible, you might like to use it on a cool night with the heat on.  I see it from time to time.

Fight Sequence?   The police report doesn't describe much.  Maybe something got lost in dictation/transaction.  It does seem unlikely that she would be able to knock him over with the car door, but if he's calling her "Sarah" maybe he's intoxicated and/or delusional and far from peak fighting/standing condition. 

Didn't report until she got home?  Cell phone battery was dead.  Happens to everyone from time to time.  Once she got home, she probably took some time to tell her husband what happened.  What's she going to do, say "I can't tell you yet, listen while I tell the Police on the phone"

Overall, I think it's more likely there are inaccuracies in the description than it is she made it up.


TexMarine
TexMarine

@gollyrojer As a former resident of the Walnut and Central area, I recommend everyone keep their tops up and doors locked! Ironically, I moved down to the Lower Greenville area to get AWAY from crime.

allengwinn
allengwinn

OK!  I believe you!  I also believe you're not Melissa because you've made sure I know you are bald!  My point (below) was that I hadn't seen too many people driving around with the convertible top down at night in the 40's and 50's.  You're telling me otherwise so who am I to argue!

I'm absolutely confident that the cops are going to piece all of this together.  They can, for instance, subpoena cell phone records along with location data when they're investigating a crime like this.  They may have already gone to nearby businesses/offices and pulled surveillance video.  They may already have more information which hasn't been shared yet.  I'm pretty sure this is one crime that will be solved.  So I agree with Melissa's position: we just need to give them time to do their job.

observist
observist topcommenter

@shwhitley He didn't know her name - her name is Melissa, not Sarah. Specs has a huge wine selection worth backtracking a couple blocks. Some people drink stuff other than the cheapest hooch from the nearest liquor store.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@CheeryBitch your assuming that something actually happened at specs.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@oakclifftownie You're assuming that she had already been to Specs. I didn't read that. My assumption was that she was on her way to Specs and was approached on her way in. I'm not sure if you've been there before, but it's the old Toys R Us building, which you enter the lot from a lower level parking garage and then go up a ramp to Specs. It's a perfect location for an ambush if its late at night because you're hidden from view, especially form Specs which is on the 2nd level.  The stop signs are at the entrance to the structure on the street level.

joeguru
joeguru

Yeah just a whole bunch of claims here that don't pass the smell test.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@observist She would have something to gain if this story covers up something that would truly be damaging to her reputation.  But I'm speculating.  We'll know the truth soon.

joeguru
joeguru

@observist also, how do you know her cell phone battery was dead? I didnt see that in the reports anywhere? Or is that your story and you are sticking to it!

joeguru
joeguru

Question stands: why did you leave the scene? Why not seek shelter at the CVS or one of the myriad of businesses nearby? Not implying anything but this would be the kind of story you would expect to hear from someone who got in a fight and just wanted to get their side of it in to the cops in case the other guy called also.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

@allengwinn "They may have already gone to nearby businesses/offices and pulled surveillance video."

HAhahahahahaha!!! They did no such thing. Her story has too many holes. Even if it did sound legit, they're not going to pull video. Sad, but true.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@observist Plus, if one was wanting to mug rich people, Specs is better than Red Coleman's.

observist
observist topcommenter

@joeguru @observist Well, I'm about the only person here who's not assuming she's a liar, and unless you think I'm Melissa Kingston and have been masquerading here as a dude for the past ~6 years, I doubt any of them are.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@blakewilsontx

I was under the assumption that the alleged incident took place at the stop sign inside the actual parking lot on the 2nd level.  But you're right, if it was at the stop sign you speak of then that is a perfect place to ambush

observist
observist topcommenter

@joeguru @observist I don't know.  It's just a very simple every day explanation for why she didn't report it before she got home.  It's a simpler explanation than a high-risk publicity stunt.

director21
director21

@joeguru I have no knowledge of this event, nor an opinion one way or the other as to what happened, but if somebody has a gun ... which shoots bullets a long distance ... and that person has threatened you in public with that gun, then it stands to reason that person MIGHT be willing to follow you into CVS, Spec's or some other store and murder you and anybody else who got in his way.

It is not really irrational to flee the scene where a firearm is involved. Irrational would be to stay when you could get as far away as quickly as possible and then worry about other things later.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@joeguru Or hit someone with their car?  Do you call from home because your drunk? Does it take a little while to devise a story? Just speculating.

observist
observist topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid@observistNo.  I just think street crime is more common than hysterical fabrications of this magnitude.   If she gets caught making up a story like this she could be disbarred, fired, her husband would certainly lose his city council race, they would be humiliated.  And what would she have to gain?  She'd have to be pretty damn crazy.  There's no obvious tangible benefit to making up the story.

allengwinn
allengwinn

Do you believe they're going to investigate this thoroughly or just blow it off?  If you believe they're going to investigate it thoroughly then they're going to do all that stuff (above) just like they do for other similar complaints.  Just saying...

joeguru
joeguru

Yeah, it doesn't look like a publicity stunt but I'd bet there is more to the story than somebody carjacked while driving with the convertible top down in 48 degree weather, beating the crap out of the bad guy then leaving the scene driving home and reporting it 30 minutes later.

director21
director21

@joeguru @director21 How would I know what is or is not right about this story? I was not there. I know no facts, and neither does anybody else commenting here unless they were Melissa Kingston or the perp.

joeguru
joeguru

@director21 @joeguru certainly not irrational. but i thought she disabled the guy and spent some time beating the crap out of him. is this not right?

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@observist @Rumpunch1 @joeguru I believe that something did happen rather than just a publicity stunt.  I just think the facts are distorted to cover up something.  What that is, not really sure. 

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@observist No I am not Avi, I am not a fan of either.  I am on here every few months.  I will say, I am glad that Melissa is OK and doesn't seem to be harmed.  Had she been hurt I would be horrified.

The Avi-Kingston thing is two bullys fighting in the sandbox.  I do cast doubt on the story b/c I just can't see a 5'4" woman getting out of her car to fight an armed attacker. 

observist
observist topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid You haven't been here before, you're not posting on any other thread, you know all the specifics of the Adelman/Kingston Walmart/Belmont squabbles, have bitter-sounding opinions about her law firm, and were one of the first ones trying to cast doubt on her story.

observist
observist topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @observist  And if she's making it up, why put it in a very public place where a lack of corroborating witnesses would be extremely suspicious?  She'd have to be crazy and stupid.  Not impossible, but she seems to be a normally-functioning member of society.

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