Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Jazwiec Files

The e-mail exchange between Jazwiec and the mayor's office gets a little testy:

In one of the angry e-mails, Jazwiec pointed out that people on this street pay gobs in taxes and that they were looking into hiring their own private security and even begin a de-annexation process - meaning breaking away from the city.

The mayor's office offered "to address the concerns about crime" but pointed out they were "concerned and confused about your (Jazwiec) reluctance to report the incident."

Jazwiec said "I own a $1.4 million house. Don't preach to me. You work for me."

I think that during the re-write of the script I'm going to change this line to "I own a $1.4 million house. Don't preach to me. I am the law!" -- which, of course, should be recited a la Sylvester Stallone in Judge Dread.

Anyway ...

He later apologized. "Sorry for the war of words. I am a big mouth," Jazwiec said.

Despite the controversy, neighbor Tom Treul supports the Jazwiec's claims.

"From our understanding, there are a number of witnesses that saw this person in the neighborhood," Treul said.

The Journal-Sentinel found at least one witness of its own too:

Jazwiec said the robbery occurred around dusk. He said a man - about 45 years old, black, 6-foot-5 and weighing about 260 pounds - entered an unlocked front door.

A neighbor, who asked not to be named, supported that. A tall black man walked up to the Jazwiec house about 8 p.m., opened the front door and walked in, the neighbor said. The neighbor said the man was so casual that there was no reason to think anything was amiss.

Jazwiec said the man wore jeans and a sweatshirt, and had what looked like a law enforcement badge on a chain around his neck. He said he didn't know which agency the badge represented.

The man brandished a sawed-off shotgun, Jazwiec said.

Jazwiec said he talked to the man at length to try to calm him and at one point gave him a beer. After being in the house "probably an hour," the man left with a computer and an iPhone, Jazwiec said. He said no one in the family was hurt.

That's a relief. The MJS later goes on to say that the Jazwiec's are now cooperating with the police.

Still, this is all very weird. A l0t of this is probably due to the fact that Jazwiec is just naturally a fiery personality who would likely need a few days to calm himself down after such a traumatic experience. There is definitely a clash of strong personalities subplot that is winding its way around the central whodunnit? narrative here.

So I think we've pretty much got the ingredients for a classic "ripped form the headlines" Law and Order episode here. There will have to be some adjustments, obviously: instead of the CEO of a software company, I think I'll have to turn Jazwiec into a mid-town Manhattan venture capitalist, and Milwaukee's East Side will become Park Avenue, etc. And the stolen laptop can't just be a maguffin. There will have to be something important in it eventually ...

Here's some sample dialogue:

Dets. Green and Fontana arrive at the luxurious town house of an affluent venture capitalist. The pair flags down a crime scene photographer who is taking pictures of the vestibule.

FONTANA: [Clearly impressed by the town house's decor] Well, this guy sure doesn't live on a cop's salary...

GREEN: You can say that again ... I definite chose the wrong line of work... [A PHOTOGRAPHER walks by the DETECTIVES. GREEN politiely grabs her by the arm] Excuse me, can you tell me what all went down here?

PHOTOGRAPHER [Short female, her hair is worn up but is still in a mess. She's clearly been working very diligently. She is wearing an NYPD windbreaker and speaks in a thick Long Island accent. The three start walking deeper into the interior of the town house as they talk, eventually ending up in the living room]: Door was unlocked so the perp just let himself in.

GREEN: Anyone hurt?

PHOTOGRAPHER: Nah, whole family's fine.

FONTANA: Anything stolen?

PHOTOGRAPHER: A computer, a cell phone ... owner says everything's still in the safe up stairs.

FONTANA: So it must have been a real in-and-out job, right. Perp must've known what he was looking for?

PHOTOGRAPHER: Actually, the owner says the robber was here for like an hour -- he even gave the perp a beer. The can's still on the coffee table. [By now the three are in the middle of the living room -- the camera pans over to a lonely and empty beer can sitting on the coffee table, then pans back to the DETECTIVES]

GREEN [thinking out loud]: So the perp stops the home invasion to have a drink with the guy he's trying to rob ...

FONTANA: Now that's what I call hospitality!

[Fade to black. Begin title sequence.]

Dick Wolf, have your people call my people.

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