Did negligent security contribute to the home invasion assault at a Charlotte apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
An alleged home invasion on Thursday morning, June 6, 2019, at a Charlotte, North Carolina apartment complex left one woman injured. According to WBTV.com, Charlotte Police are looking for two men who allegedly “forced their way into a woman’s home, knocked her out and attempted to sexually assault her early Thursday morning.” WSOCtv.com is reporting, “It happened at about 6 a.m. at the Lexington Greens apartment complex off Archdale Drive.” Per the report, “two armed men wearing masks came in through the unlocked door, assaulted the woman and took off with cash…[o]ne of the suspects pistol-whipped the woman, briefly knocking her out, and tried to sexually assault her.” The victim did call police immediately after the attack, and was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to the WSOCtv.com report, “[t]he same woman reported an attempted breaking and entering two days before the assault…[d]etectives do not know if the two cases are connected.”
The incident is still under investigation and no suspects have been identified according to the media reports.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this home invasion and assault may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the assault?
- How was the suspect able to gain access to the property?
- Was the complex aware of any suspicious activity or suspicious people on property prior to the assault?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the apartment complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her injuries and suffering.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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