An Augusta woman was sexually assaulted at knife-point in her apartment complex Sunday evening, July 13, 2014.
The Augusta Chronicle reports, a female resident was walking toward her apartment inside the Madison on the Green apartment complex when she was attacked and sexually assaulted by a man at knife-point. The woman was able to break free of her assailant and run to her apartment, where she dialed 911.
Richmond County Police are searching for a suspect, “described as a black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks about 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing red gym shorts, a white T-shirt and white shoes.” Anyone with information is encouraged to call violent crimes investigators with Richmond County police.
Our Legal Take
The Augusta community is now rallying in support of the victim and calling for an end to the growing violence in this area. A Georgia premises liability firm, dedicated to ending apartment complex violence and property owner negligence, is now questioning whether a potentially fatal security lapse at the Madison on the Green apartments may have contributed to this horrific attack. The Murray Law Firm investigates:
While there are chain-link fences along some perimeters of this complex, multiple entrances to this community appear to be ungated. One visible entrance is located off a high-traffic main road, backing up to a fast food drive-through. What security measures have been implemented to monitor and restrict access to the apartment complex?
The attack occurred outside in the evening. What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, security patrols and emergency call boxes, were available to the victim at the time of this attack? Are there surveillance cameras monitoring the grounds and entrances to protect residents and deter violence?
Should Madison on the Green be found at fault for failing to protect this resident, the survivor of this assault may elect to hold the apartment complex civilly liable. A claim of this magnitude may be in the millions of dollars and would, most importantly, demand Madison on the Green and other local apartment owners finally make resident safety their first priority.
Photographs and a thorough inspection will need to be performed immediately before any evidence, such as broken lighting or surveillance footage, may be damaged, repaired or destroyed. The survivor of this assault should contact an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.
The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise to the victim, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800.