Story Retraction: Italian Cousin Restaurant

Man causes disturbance at Italian Cousin restaurant in Sebastian.
Man causes disturbance at Italian Cousin restaurant in Sebastian.

SEBASTIAN, Florida – Last week, we published a story by Scott Lee about an intoxicated man who was arrested after causing a disturbance at the Italian Cousin Restaurant in Sebastian.

The article we wrote stated that 59-year-old Lawrence Bergere threatened to shoot everyone in the restaurant while he was being thrown out. Bergere was allegedly intoxicated and was later causing another disturbance at the No Name Bar.

However, an employee who witnessed the incident said the suspect threatened to shoot the cooks, not everyone in the restaurant as mentioned in our story.

The report obtained by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office then said the suspect, “scared dozens of people who were in fear for their safety,” and I think that’s when some of the facts were blown out of proportion.

For example, it would make me feel uneasy and in fear for my safety if a drunk patron was out of hand. Maybe a little uptight if this same person was shouting obscenities and threatening to return and shoot the staff while he was being dragged out.

However, if the suspect ran in and told everyone he would return and shoot them all, I would leave immediately. I think anyone would leave after hearing someone making that threat. But nobody left, and that’s evidence and facts we have to go by.

So, we’re going to retract our story and say that the suspect never threatened to “shoot everyone” in the restaurant.

Anyone who makes a threat to shoot people could face a heavy felony, drunk or not. It’s a serious crime.

The original story has been updated to reflect these changes.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.
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