4
| Crime |

Damien Falgoust, a Dallas Lawyer, Was Beaten into a Coma on Lower Greenville Last Week

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The last time friends saw Damien Falgoust conscious was about 1:30 a.m. Friday, when he was sharing post-game drinks with his kickball teammates at the Knox Street Pub. He left the bar, got into a taxi and set off for his condo near the intersection of Matilda Street and La Vista.

He never made it. An hour later, Falgoust, 39, was discovered in front of The Crown and Harp on Lower Greenville, severely beaten. He was taken to Baylor Hospital with multiple skull fractures and brain trauma. According to his friend Marisa Hettinger, he has been in an induced coma ever since and will be so until doctors deal with the pneumonia they think he's developed.

There is no record of the incident the Dallas police public access system, and spokesman Gerardo Monreal said a search of Falgoust's name pulled up no incident reports. The detective who Hettinger says is investigating the case has not returned calls seeking confirmation.

There's no question, though, that Falgoust was beaten and that DPD is investigating, Hettinger said.

So far, there are no leads. Hettinger describes her friend as a mild-mannered, 38-year-old attorney who doesn't back down from political debates but shies away from physical confrontation. And there didn't appear to be a robbery, seeing as Falgoust still had his wallet on him.

For now, friends are trying to raise money to help cover Falgoust's medical costs. On Sunday, his kickball team will have a fundraiser starting at Uptown's Griggs Park before moving to the Nodding Donkey. They've also set up a CrowdTilt account.

Update on December 11: DPD's media relations team sent out a release yesterday evening acknowledging they are, in fact, looking into Falgoust's injuries.

The Dallas Police Department Crimes Against Person's Division is investigating a report that involves Mr. Damien Falgoust. Detectives are investigating the circumstances leading to injuries sustained to Mr. Falgoust on December 7, 2012, at 2:30 am, in the 1900 block of Greenville Avenue. Detectives continue to keep Mr. Falgoust's family abreast of the progress of the investigation. Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Dallas Police Department - Detective D. Singer at 214-671-3854 or 214-671-3603.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.