Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Woman Kidnapped, Assaulted Outside Atlanta Apartment
Police have reportedly made arrests in the kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault of a woman that commenced “at the Atlas LaVista Hills apartments on Parklake Drive” Sunday morning, March 6, 2016.
The AJC reports, “About 6 a.m., a man came up behind the victim, put his hand over her mouth, and pulled out a gun….The man then forced his way into her car and drove her to a nearby parking lot, where he sexually assaulted her, police said.”
Police have allegedly made two arrests in connection with the incident and believe the suspects may also be connected to robberies and a kidnapping in Decatur and Atlanta.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents of the Atlas LaVista Hills apartment complex and whether this unconscionable attack may have been prevented.
- How did the suspect gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the attack?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the complex owner and management to deter such crime?
By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security, the victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for her injuries and suffering.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against apartment complexes in the State of Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the apartment and property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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