According to CBS Austin, officers received reports of several people allegedly stabbed by a woman passer-by in the Entertainment District of Downtown Austin on January 23rd.
Authorities reported that Raeshala Morris, 33, allegedly attacked multiple people in a stabbing spree just before midnight Thursday. Responding officers located Morris at the ARCH homeless shelter where they recovered the knife believed to be the weapon and arrested her.
Only three victims have been confirmed but there may be others, stated Austin Police Department. At this time, it is unknown what the victims injuries are. Morris has been charged with aggravated assault as the investigation continues.
The Austin Police Department is urging anyone with information or footage to come forward or call at 512-472-TIPS.
In many cases, victims of an attack may wonder "Why do I need a lawyer if I was stabbed?". Legal Counsel Marc Lenahan is a contributor to the Legal Herald who represents victims of violent crimes in private civil cases. He shared his insight, below, for those involved in similar incidents and the legal options available to them. Mr. Lenahan does not represent any of the parties in the above case.
"Property owners have a legal duty to protect their customers, visitors, and guests by providing appropriate security. Whether it be well-lit parking lots or security officers, owners are bound by the premises liability law. If a property owner fails to provide a safe environment, the owner can be held negligent.
An owner can be found negligent by committing a reasonably foreseeable crime. This means that a previous criminal act was committed either on the property or in the area, but the owner failed to improve their safety procedures. A civil lawyer can explain how they must prove that the reasonably foreseeable crime happened in order to secure proper compensation.
When a crime like a stabbing occurs and someone is injured, medical costs will undoubtedly increase. As a victim of the crime, you can request that the expenses you incurred after the incident be awarded as monetary damages against the property or business owner," Attorney Lenahan described in detail.