Crime Waves: Polanski, Monserrate

Roman Polanski was arrested this weekend in Switzerland on 1977 charges that he had sex with a 13-yeal-old girl; “why he would suddenly be arrested after flying in and out of Zurich without trouble for years flummoxed his Hollywood friends,” says the Times. The Post says that Swiss authorities acted on a provisional arrest warrant from the Los Angeles District Attorney, and says that the French were not merely flummoxed but shocked:

“I think this is awful and totally unjust,” fumed French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand. “Just as there is an America which is generous and which we like, so there is an America which is frightening, and that is the America which has just revealed its face.”

The Daily News shrugs it off with the headline saying that his victim “got over it long ago.”

Closer to home, an off-duty cop killed a Brooklyn woman this Sunday in a hit-and-run accident. The Post keeps its focus on Officer Andrew Kelly (“Boozy Police Officer in Killer Smash“), recounting how he spent the night “at a Flatlands bar before heading to a buddy’s house nearby to watch the Notre Dame football game on TV.” The Daily News, meanwhile, gives us victim Vionique Valnord’s story:

Dancing and laughing the night away, Vionique Valnord turned down a ride home from her friends’ wedding, saying she was having too good of a time to leave early.

When she finally decided to go, she kissed her 5-year-old niece goodbye. She stepped outside to hail a cab, a decision that put her in the path of a Jeep driven by a drunken off-duty cop, witnesses and officials said

The Times keeps things subtler, concluding a write-up with the phone call that Valnord’s sister-in-law received upon leaving the wedding reception.

The Post conjures a dramatic moment in its account of state senator Hiram Monserrate’s trial. “Unmasking” the cop who provoked the Monserrate’s attack on girlfriend Karla Giraldo, the paper describes the discovery of Walter Loor’s Patrolman’s Benevolent Association card in her pocketbook.

“Giraldo, wearing a black camisole, shoves [Monserrate] with two hands,” says the Post, “and then runs to the chute in a vain bid to recover the card.”

Crime Waves: Polanski, Monserrate