Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Second Reported Assault at The Woodlands Apartment Complex
Did negligent security contribute to these unconscionable assaults? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victims may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for compensation.
Police are reportedly investigating the second sexual assault in one month at the Trailpoint at The Woodlands apartment complex.
According to KPRC News 2, a woman awoke to find a male assailant inside her Trailpoint at The Woodlands apartment bedroom early Thursday morning, October 13, 2016. According to the report, the intruder gained entry through a patio door and “used bedsheets to restrain [the victim] during the…assault.”
The complex was apparently the subject of a prior sexual assault investigation on September 16, 2016. The assailant in that attack also gained entry through a patio door. The KPRC News story indicates that the victim “said she was asleep in her bed when she woke up to a man standing close to the foot of her bed. She described the man as white or Hispanic with a slight accent and between 18 and 24 years old.”
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this these tragic assaults may have been prevented.
- How did the assailant gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime at the time of the shooting?
- KPRC News 2 reports a prior sexual assault occurred on September 16. Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to protect residents?
Generally, property 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 to protect those on its premises, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their injuries and mental anguish.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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