Could the stabbing death at an Oxnard shopping center parking lot have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A man is dead after a stabbing at an Oxnard, California shopping center parking lot Tuesday night, March 17, 2020.
As reported by VCstar.com, “[t]he stabbing was reported at 11:20 p.m. Saturday night in the 200 block of West Pleasant Valley Road.”
According to the report, “[the victim] was in the parking lot of…[a] shopping center when he became engaged in a fight with an Oxnard man who was homeless…[t]he fight escalated and resulted in [the victim] suffering multiple stab wounds”
“Alexander Benavidez, 52, of Oxnard, died from a stab wound to the neck,” according to the report.
The investigation is ongoing, a suspect has been arrested in connection with the homicide.
Our Legal Take
Shopping center parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this stabbing may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious people or activity on the property prior to the incident?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the incident?
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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Alexander Benavidez may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 family of Alexander Benavidez retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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