Leslie Returns to the Streets

By: ralphbarrera

Oct 27 2009

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Focal Length:35mm
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Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

Albert “Leslie” Cochran, Austin’s thong-wearing celebrity, is back on the streets in south Austin after being released from the Central Texas Rehabilitation Hospital late last week. I ran into Leslie at a neighborhood convenience store. Cochran said he was jumped and beaten up near Oltorf Street and Interstate 35, where passers-by later found him unconscious. Police have said they don’t have a report of an assault at that time and are not investigating.”I ran into some people who were talking about crack,” Cochran said. “I said something to them like it wouldn’t do anything but get them in jail, and they took offense.” Cochran didn’t offer many details. “My memory’s not that good on it,” he said.”They just beat me in the head a lot,” Cochran said. “But I’m OK. All’s well that ends well.” Doctors released Cochran a week after he came to the rehabilitation hospital from University Medical Center Brackenridge, where he had surgery to relieve bleeding on the brain.

Photo by Ralph Barrera


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