We have a problem on the streets of Stuart, Florida, and I am looking for advice on what to do about it.
There is this stalker who shows up in town from elsewhere. His presence is usually attended by stolen items and his beating somebody up. He disappears for a while, comes back into town, steals, and beats up somebody else. I have become aware of this person's pattern of behavior over the years. He attends church dinners, looks for homeless, down and outers, insinuates himself into their society, steals from them, and beats them up. He bragged at one drunken party about going from town to town "decking" homeless people, according to two witnesses.
Police seem to be enabling his predations by not arresting him when people come forward to complain about it, though I hear he was arrested for petty theft and assault and battery. One person he beat up went to the hospital, but was afraid to press charges telling me, "I don't want to be murdered." He was afraid the stalker would retaliate against him.
Another thing. Do not simply assume the police are on the side of the victims.
This person's name in Joe Gilmore. He has served time locally, and I am guessing he has quite a record of arrests in other places where he has gone.