We've spent some time here cataloguing the myriad signs that point to a cover-up of Rep. Jim Gibbons' (R-NV) alleged assault of a cocktail waitress in a Las Vegas parking garage. But the mystery of the disappearing videotapes from surveillance cameras in the garage just has to take the cake.
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Today, The Las Vegas Sun provided the fullest accounting yet of the tapes' journey. And it just gets worse.
Chrissy Mazzeo, the cocktail waitress who says she was assaulted, has said from the beginning that the tapes would show just what happened that night. "[A]ll that stuff will be on tape if there is a camera there," she told a 911 dispatcher the night of the incident.
When police first contacted the parking garage that night, they were told by a security officer "identified in police reports only as Aaron,'" that the cameras in the garage weren't recording. Sorry. "The next day," the Sun reports, "after officers told Mazzeo there was no video after all, she decided to drop the case."
But two weeks later, Mazzeo called a press conference to say that she would press charges if the police reopened the case. So the police decided to "tie up some loose ends," as a police Deputy Chief put it to the Sun. They went over to check up on the tapes and maybe interview that Aaron fella.
To their surprise, "Robert Clavier, director of security for Hughes Center [the garage], showed up to say that videotapes indeed existed from Oct. 13." They were told that Hughes had had the tapes the whole time, but "didn't know what to do because it was a closed case."
There's been no explanation as to why Aaron (whose last name remains undisclosed) gave police such bad information early on. For some reason, though, police don't suspect Aaron of knowingly misleading them. Deputy Chief Greg McCurdy would only tell the Sun that "He may have been given wrong information." It's not clear from whom.