I would pursue the capias. You have come this far. Having the sheriff pursue him is the last step. If you did not pursue it would be comparable to playing a football game getting to the one yard line then giving up. Having the person sit in jail will certainly get their attention.
If there is retaliation, then it occurs. You cannot stop it. He may retaliate against you because you took him to court in the first place.
I agree with my colleagues in that you should pursue that Capias. The only thing you have to lose is time, effort, energy, and mental health; but you are already losing these things as it relates to this case anyway.
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