The police did take written statements from myself, my wife, her cousin, the homeowner's wife and the guy..
I would go to the police station today and ask for a copy of the police report and copies of your statement and your wife's. These documents are discoverable and would be available to anyone with an interest in the case.
You want to know exactly what you told the police and how the police report would look from entries by police officers.
You would think he would have been arrested for false imprisonment and assault at least, but like I said he really didn't touch anyone, just sort of had his body in the way.
They said they didn't expect much to happen, but would have to forward to the prosecutor..
I don't think the police had much to go on to make an arrest.
What did the homeowner's wife say to the police when she called them? You mentioned she wanted him out of there.
Did she file a complaint against him? Is she afraid to do that for fear of retribution?
Was alcohol served by the home owner at the party? What was being served? Did anyone take their own drinks with them at the party?
How long had you and or the guy been at the party before the incident?
What activities of the guy did you observe before the incident?
Had either you or the guy consumed liquor on the premises?
Had you had any interaction/conversations with him before the incident?
Did they give any statements to the police?
I hope that I don't ever run into this guy again, but you never know.. But then again, I refuse to be afraid to walk out and get the paper. I guess I could go get my concealed permit, but that sort of seems like an overkill to me.. We haven't heard anything else and her cousin said he hasn't bothered her, so I'm hoping it will sort of fade away and he'll go on his merry way.. But you never know I guess.
You never know is right.
What does this guy do for a living?
Is he a 'gangbanger?
Has he been to prison before?
Can you get a police history of any previous arrests or trouble he has been involved in previously? Police should be able to release this information to you.
Does he know where you work, where you live, where your dojo is?
Does he have any 'friends' he can call upon to 'payback'?
What security set up do you have at the dojo for you and your students?
Is it possible for this guy to set up an ambush at your dojo?
[Years back, in Brockton…some punk took a shot at Bob Bethoney through the front glass door of his dojo as he was about to exit and close up. The 9mm bullet missed him and hit the wall at an angle, precisely at the spot where I would have been walking along side Bob…on a Monday night where I was helping him teach class.]
I wouldn't go so far as carrying a gun at this juncture…should anything happen…some smart ass prosecutor would try to make you look like you got that gun with the intent to use it.
Possibly a good OC pepper spray weapon like this: http://tweetfeed.com/halloweenshoes/buy ... nd-fishing
Might be useful.
But that's your call.
The problem I foresee is that possibly but not for certain, this guy's self image has been tainted by what happened and he may harbor some feelings of pay back to restore his 'self worth' _a possibility fueled by his use of steroids and drugs that can be mind altering.
What do you think I should do as far as avoiding contact with this person? Your advice is greatly appreciated.
Best advice is to live in a heightened state of 'condition yellow' and avoid all activities where you will be alone anywhere in order to avoid an ambush.
Don't leave the dojo at night all by yourself…always have someone with you.
Find out what kind of car he drives and keep a constant lookout to be sure you are not being followed.
Be sure your house perimeter is secure…in a hassle with a punk years back…[a friend of mine had thrown out a guy who showed up drunk at a party in his house…he was a Vietnam vet] this guy tried to set his house on fire in the middle of the night.
If you spot this guy and get the feeling he is stalking you…be sure to put the police on notice…so that if anything happens…you can show that you acted reasonably.
The problem is that if it comes to another confrontation, he may be armed, and you may have to wait to react to what he may do instead of pre-empting him. Reason being that you are already on record with the police and any further problems with this guy might be misconstrued all around.
It really s*ucks…