Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Man Kidnapped from Orlando Gas Station Found Dead
Did negligent security contribute to the kidnapping and loss of this young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
21-year-old Alexander Previlus was reportedly shot and killed after being kidnapped from an Orlando gas station Thursday night, July 14, 2016.
According to WESH 2 News, “[Mr.] Previlus was forced into a vehicle at gunpoint Thursday night. It happened around 11 p.m. at a gas station on North Powers Drive, near Silver Star Road. Deputies searched for several hours, and then found his body around 4 a.m. Friday just a few miles away from the gas station, on Coral Cove Drive.”
Police have apparently not yet made an arrest.
Our Legal Take
Patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on premises of the establishment they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the gas station and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
What security measures, such as bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting?
- July 2016 crime reports from Spotcrime.com reveal a number of assaults and robberies in the surrounding area. Was the gas station owner aware of any prior incidents of violence on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owners or management to deter crime?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Alexander Previlus may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
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 victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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