Client’s Challenge: A Violent Ex-Spouse Comes Within Minutes of Making Bail.
The morning after a major holiday weekend, a former client called. We had provided security risk assessment services for her company a few years earlier. But this was a personal matter. “My ex-husband tried to force himself into my home last night,” she said. “He said he was going to kill me and my family.” She explained that police officers had responded and arrested him for violating her restraining order. “But I’m sure that he’s going to post bail, and I’m terrified that he’s going to come after us again,” she said. “He has bipolar disorder, and I think he’s off his meds.”
The call ended, and within minutes, our threat assessment team was on the line with judicial authorities. The client’s concern was justified. The ex-husband had spent the night in jail, without his antipsychotic medication. He was a judge’s signature away from posting bail. With time running short, we needed to foreclose the subject’s release and secure protection for our client and her family.
Our Solution: Many Experts. Little Time. No Room for Error.
Our threat assessment team took immediate action on multiple fronts. Working directly with law enforcement and corrections officials, we identified and interviewed one of the subject’s siblings. This individual provided additional insights into the ex-husband’s psychiatric disorder and his resistance to treatment. The sibling confided that just a day earlier, the subject had ranted about confronting his ex-wife. More disturbingly, we discovered that the subject had used his sibling’s computer to search for “how to identify and kill undercover police officers.”
Our physical security specialists conducted residential security assessments for the client and her parents. At the same time, our senior threat assessors liaised with local judicial officials, disclosing what the team had learned from the subject’s sister. On the spot, the judge raised the subject’s bail to $2 million – buying our team precious time.
Impact on the Client: A Near Miss – and a New Focus on Ramping up Protective Services.
The extended incarceration likely saved one or several lives. Just after we posted armed protection for the client and her family, we discovered that, while in jail and off his medication, the ex-husband had offered to pay a fellow inmate to murder his wife and her family. We were able to obtain a court-ordered mental health treatment to a forensic psychiatric institution where the ex-husband is currently undergoing treatment. Our support to this client on case management and protection continued.
Unplugged: The Project Manager's Post-Engagement Perspective
“If our firm had not been involved in this case, tragic consequences would likely have resulted.
We believe it’s almost certain that the subject would have been released immediately. We think he would have escalated his violent behavior towards the wife and her family, especially since he would not have resumed his medication.”