Posted by: wordofexcellence | May 18, 2012

Why Don’t We Protect Ourselves? (A crime story)

I read the news today, O Boy!

Apparently, as The Beatles sang, I was reading about a lucky man. This one didn’t make the grade, however.

 In the Police Briefs (no, not photos of scantily clad cops!) section of the newspaper today, I spied an article headlined “Police Arrest Arson Suspect,” with the subtitle of “[person’s name] Investigated For Fires At Girlfriend’s Apartment.”

 I won’t provide the person’s name because, as we all know from having watched Hawaii 5-0 and Dragnet as kids, a person is innocent until proven guilty. We’ll simply call him Mister X for now.

 The gist of the matter is that the final paragraph of the story reads as follows:  “The woman had obtained a protective order against Mr. X in the earlier case,” according to the police spokesperson. “It was not a full protective order, but ordered Mr. X not to abuse, harass, threaten or stalk the woman, according to the warrant.”

 In other words – BE A GOOD BOY, OKAY?

 Now the newpaper article, which consists of 11 paragraphs, did not disclose this information until paragraph 11. What we did find out is that he was a “person of interest” in the investigation of several fires that were set in an apartment where the girlfriend lived.   He has now been charged with the following: first-degree arson, first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal violation of a protective order and “other charges.”

 Police claim that he was angry that she was going out the other night with friends. When she got home later, they argued in the parking lot and she ran to her car and locked the doors. That resulted in his calling her a “slut” and “whore,” and he attempted to rip off the sunroof to gain access to her in the car. The only reason he stopped, they claim, is that she threatened to call police, holding up her cellphone to show she meant business.

 Later, firefighters responded to a call and found heavy smoke on the second floor, and determined that several fires had been set. The apartment was declared uninhabitable.

 The moral of the story?  I guess it’s that when you are approached by your “boyfriend” (against whom you have a protective order for yourself in place), who then screams at you, calling you a slut and a whore, perhaps that’s the time you ought to call the police.

 My jaw dropped when I read about the order in the final paragraph. What might have been seen as a first-time issue after reading the first ten paragraphs was clearly something that had been on the back burner for some time now.

 Oh by the way, he still had a key to the apartment – apparently that’s not covered in the protective order.

It would seem that jail time is in order for Mr. X in this situation, even if the only crime he is convicted of committing would be the violation of the protective order.

 Ladies and Gentlemen, when you are the love object of a potentially violent person, against whom you must protect yourself legally at some point, I think it wise to sever all contact with that person. And that would include, we all hope, the reclaiming of the key to the apartment.



  1. Or at least change the locks. You make some very good points here. And I hope the Violence Against Women Act passes with full protection for all women. This crap the GOP is trying to pull about excluding protection for illegal immigrant women and gays just perpetuates the violence against those vulnerable groups.

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