Need advice on a potentially dangerous situation.

Long story short: my brother has been doing volunteer service in Kentucky (like Peace Corps, but through a church organization). Another volunteer has been breaking his stuff (cameras and who knows what else) and threatened him. It’s basically his word against the psycho’s, so nothing can really be done about it. So he did the best thing–got the hell out. He’s at home now, and he’s going to be reassigned to a different volunteer gig.

The problem: He came home on the bus, so he had to leave a lot of his things there. He needs to go back and get the things he left there, and I’m a little worried about his safety. Could he get the police or sheriff to go with him when he goes back? Is that something they would do? I think this guy is a real psycho, and I don’t want to see anything bad happen. I’d go with him, but I’m not very strong and I wouldn’t make a very good bodyguard.

Has anyone been in this kind of situation before? Any advice on how to deal with this?

If this involves two people who are both a part of the same organization, he should let his supervisor-type know what happened. Then he can ask for someone to collect his stuff and send it back, or ask for someone to accompany him as he goes to collect it himself. I would think a church organization would be somewhat, ahem, zealous in trying to protect a member and make sure that everything stayed on the up-and-up.

just my US$.02


Some friends of mine had to retrieve their property from a relative’s house, said relative being crazy and sometimes violent. They called the police and were able to arrange an escorted visit where a police officer accompanied them while they got their stuff out. That is here in California but you certainly have nothing to lose by calling the local PD in Kentucky, explaining the situation and asking if they can help (or how they would recommend handling the situation).

If the risk really is that significant, I’d personally consider writing the stuff off (after attempting to retrieve it without actually going there) - unless it was irreplacable or had sentimental value, or something.

They’re not both with the same program. I think the other guy’s not with an official program, he’s just volunteering there because he doesn’t have anything better to do. My brother did talk to his supervisor, and I haven’t heard all of the details, but it sounds like the most they could do was reassign him. :rolleyes: I’m going to encourage him to take someone with him.

I’ll second that as the preferred option. Besides, it’s not like the guy isn’t going to mess w/ somebody else, so it is good for the local police to be cognizant of the goings on.

A friend of mine was going through a very nasty divorce. He needed to get some of his belongings from the house, and was afraid for his safety, as well as his soon to be ex’s safety should she initiate fisticuffs. Wanting a witness/bodyguard he spoke with the police and they cooperated. Feeling silly after the incident, he slipped the cop a twenty, assuming it would be refused. It was not.

I have known other people who have had a cop accompany them to retrieve property. The presence of the badge is often enough to make things go smoothly.

Yup. That’s what cops are for, to keep the peace. The good ones, anyway.

“Protect & Serve”, not “Beat & Oppress” is what makes a good cop, IMO.

Feeling silly after the incident, he slipped the cop a twenty, assuming it would be refused. It was not.

Not to hijack, but is it legal for them to accept that money?