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Madison on the Green Apartments, Augusta

Madison on the Green Apartments, Augusta

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:

Un-Gated Apartment Entrance at Arby's Drive-Through

Ungated Apartment Entrance at Arby’s Drive-Through

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.


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Alleged Suspects in Westwood Apartment Shooting (WAGT News)

Four Alleged Suspects in Westwood Club Apartment Shooting (WAGT News)

25-year-old Jamal Fielding was injured during an attempted armed robbery at the Westwood Club Apartments early Monday morning, July 14, 2014.

According to WRDW News, Jamal Fielding was sitting on a bench outside the Westwood Club Apartment clubhouse just after midnight Monday morning. Four armed suspects approached Mr. Fielding, two male and two female, demanding money and jewelry.

One of the male suspects opened fire on Mr. Fielding when he refused to cooperate, shooting him in the right thigh. Mr. Fielding fled to his apartment where his girlfriend called 911. Emergency crews transported Mr. Fielding to the hospital. His condition has not yet been released.

Police are still searching for the four suspects.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their search for the four assailants, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether another party may also hold responsibility in this attack, Westwood Club Apartments.

Have their been previous incidents of violence on or near the apartment complex property and, if so, what efforts were made by the apartment owner and management to improve security throughout the property?

Surveillance stills show the alleged suspects. Was a security patrol monitoring these cameras at the time of the shooting?

Are the alleged suspects residents of the apartment complex and, if not, how did they gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as a security gate, ID card system and security guard, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?

Apartment complex owners are required by Georgia law to protect all those legally on premises from foreseeable harm. Should they fail in this duty, they may be held responsible for all injuries and wrongful deaths suffered as a consequence. As the details of this investigation continue to develop, Jamal Fielding may elect to hold the owner and management of Westwood Club Apartments civilly liable for his injuries. Total recovery may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and would demand Westwood Club Apartments, and other local property owners, finally implement safety measures to ensure resident and guest safety.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive expertise in protecting the victims of property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800.

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Edgewood Retail District Parking Deck (AJC/Kent D. Johnson)

Edgewood Retail District Parking Deck (AJC/Kent D. Johnson)

An Atlanta woman was beaten and carjacked in the parking deck of the Edgewood Retail District shopping center Saturday, July 5, 2014. The community is seeking answers and justice following the second violent robbery to strike the shopping center in nine days.

According to the AJC, a woman parked her car in the lower parking deck of the Edgewood Retail District Target, on Caroline Street at Moreland Avenue, around noon Saturday. As she exited her vehicle, police report a man “punched her in the head and she fell on the ground.” Her assailant then took her purse and car keys, warning, “Stay on the ground or I will…kill you.” He got in the woman’s car, nearly reversing over her as he fled the scene. Authorities say the victim “had to roll out of the way in order not to get run over as he drove off with the vehicle.”

The victim was treated for head injuries at Piedmont Hospital. Her condition is unknown.

The terrifying attack comes only weeks after a violent evening mugging outside the Barnes and Noble in the same shopping center. On June 26, 2014, a bicyclist was punched in the face and his bag and wallet were stolen. Surveillance footage shows four men were involved in that assault.

No arrests have been made in either attack.

Our Legal Take

The community initially protested the Edgewood Retail District opening, concerned of its effect on the community. Now, following the two violent assaults, many are voicing concerns over adequate security measures in the shopping center. The Murray Law Firm is following the incidents closely and questions whether a potentially fatal security lapse may have contributed to these violent attacks:

Were there previous incidents of violence on or near property prior to the June attack? If so, how was security improved to protect patrons and deter violence? What security measures, such as bright lighting and a security patrol, were available to the victim during the June 26th attack outside the Barnes and Noble?

Following the June 26th assault, what efforts were made to improve shopping center security, particularly in the parking areas? Were additional parking lot lighting, surveillance cameras and emergency call boxes installed? Were police or security patrols implemented and, if so, how did these measures fail during the July 5th assault?

These attacks must not be allowed to continue or scalate further. The violence has already spread from a late evening assault to a bold attack and theft during daylight hours when families with children were present in the plaza.

As the details of this investigation emerge, the victims of these violent assaults may elect to hold the owner and management of the shopping center and parking garage civilly liable for their injuries. Such substantial claims would demand Edgewood Retail District finally implements proper security measures to protect patrons. Through additional lighting, surveillance cameras and prevalent security patrols, perhaps further violence and tragedy may be avoided.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600.