Service of Process
A Capitol Inquiry client needed to locate and serve the defendant in a civil matter.
But this individual was also the target of federal and state criminal investigations as a suspect in a restaurant fire, so lots of people were looking for him. Needless to say, he didn’t want to be found. Capitol Inquiry’s process server located him one early morning on a houseboat in Southwest D.C.
The process server knocked loudly on the door, but there was no answer.
He noticed a cat jump out of an open window onto the dock, apparently startled by the knock. So he backed away a short distance, and waited. Before long, the defendant came stumbling out of the boat into the bright morning sun, apparently looking for the cat, and he was served. The next day, this defendant fled the country.
But the judge in our client’s case ruled that he had been properly served, and the case proceeded to a satisfactory judgment in favor of our client. Had we not been able to complete service before the defendant fled, the case would have languished in court for years, or would have been dismissed.