Two previous wives had filed injunctions against Mr. Yankton in 1996 and 2002.
It makes me wonder how many people in the past might have witnessed an altercation between Mr. Yankton and one of these women.
It makes me think about what we as average citizens could/should do if we happen to witness what appears to be an abusive/violent altercation in public. I think that when confronted with a situation, most people are at a loss to know how to respond. But if we prepare ourselves ahead of time, we might be able to assist law enforcement and the courts in holding a perpetrator accountable for their behavior.
Here are some suggestions.
- Make sure anything you do doesn't jeopardize your safety. Violent people sometimes attack those who attempt to render aid to the victim.
- Call law enforcement and remain at a safe distance until they arrive. Keep an eye on the situation if possible.
- If the individuals are in a vehicle, get the tag number.
- Provide your location to the dispatcher. Answer their questions. Describe what you see.
- Take a picture (if practical) with your cell phone or other camera.
- Some cell phones can also record audio. Capture any evidence of the assault if possible.
- Provide a written statement to law enforcement after they have defused the situation.
- Be available to the investigators and the prosecutor. Be willing to testify in court.