A few months ago, DJ Jesse Henderson was walking down J Street in the Gaslamp when he was jumped by three sailors. "There were these two guys hanging around a parked car," Jesse said, "and one of them was like, 'Yo, watcha got on my 40?'"
"What did that mean?"
"They wanted money for a 40-ounce beer. I told them I was broke."
A third guy, a big fellow according to Henderson, emerged from the parked car, and the three attacked him. "They beat me up; they broke my glasses." A witness came to Jesse's aid and took down the license plate number of the bad guys. The police located them and discovered they were enlisted in the Navy. "They told the cops I started it," said Henderson.
The matter is in the criminal system now and being tried in San Diego Superior Court; the suspects are charged with felony assault and attempted strong-arm robbery.
"I just testified in the preliminary hearing, waiting to see what happens next. Once that is over, I will retain counsel for my civil suit to recover damages. That's always fun."
When asked how he would recover monetary damages if his attackers were shipped out on a tour of duty, he said, "I can always garner their wages."
Henderson, a 26-year-old Cuban-American classical pianist, is no stranger to the world of litigation; he moved to San Diego from South Florida to attend the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he is focusing on intellectual property issues.
Henderson is often spotted spinning the vinyl at the Roseary Room.