debikm (debikm) wrote in little_details,

Filing police report by a witness to assault

I've tried Googling 'police report press charges, 'can a person file police report no charges pressed' and variations thereof.All I get are lots of links to Yahoo! Answers and I'd trust then about as far as-- well, I just don't trust those answers. I've also searched the tags here and gotten nothing that pertains to my situations. So here goes.

My setting is present day Florida and my MC has had an unsolicited, unexpected visit from her drunk ex-husband. Theirs was not an amicable divorce. MC is alone at home, save for a large dog that she shuts inside the house while she goes out to talk to ex. They argue, him being drunk makes him lose his temper and he attacks her, with the intent to rape her. She manages to knee him in a delicate area and her next door neighbor (and soon-to-be love interest) shows up to intervene.  MC has to be restrained by neighbor at this point because she wants to attack her ex. Neighbor calms things down, sends ex on his way with a warning to go away and not come back. They both can hear the car reach the road (sorry, property is in rural area and they can't acually see the road, or what happens) and sounds of an impact, breaking wood and then the sounds fade as the car drives away. (Later, the neighbor's mailbox is found destroyed and tire ruts in his lawn.) At last, the question! Can the neighbor call the police, report the property damage and give his statement about the assault, even if the MC doesn't want to press charges? The ex lives five hours away and the MC just wants to be left alone about the situation. Can this be done so that there is a record of the attack, even if no arrest is made? Or would the police find the ex and question him? The ex has a history of being an ass to the MC, but not of violence toward her. Also, how would the neighbor contact the ex about damages to his property. It's not that he needs the money, he's more about making a point to the ex about responsibility. The ex is an attorney himself, so he would be aware of just how deep a hole he has dug for himself.

Help? And thanks!
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