Doing some research tonight on previous small claims cases (I had a hunch) and guess what I found out..
This guy is already CURRENTLY BEING SUED!!!
He has had 2 months to file an answer and has not. He only has a bit over a week to answer or he will lose the case by default.
This confirms what I already know about this guy...he will avoid an issue to the end and not admit fault. He will definitely not answer my claim, and will not show up to court if he does. In a way that pisses me off since I want to get a chance to tell the court my case, show them the news footage, and humiliate him in public.
But on the other hand, I would get the judgement for the full $1335 plus court costs. And it'* pretty easy to get an 'execution' from the court to collect the payment.
This guy has nowhere to hide.