Per The Durango Herald, a stabbing took place at the Speedway located at 650 S Buck Hwy, Bayfield, CO 81122.
During the early morning of Monday, August 2nd, state troopers responded to a panic alarm set off by the 24-hour gas station employee. When they arrived, they found the victim had suffered a stab wound. They attempted to bring the victim out of the store for medical assistance, which was found to be unsuccessful. The victim died on the scene.
The suspect, whose name cannot be released due to being a juvenile, was taken into custody. The law enforcement officers believe the suspect worked alone but are still investigating a motive.
Attorney contributor Dan Lipman has represented numerous victims of violent crime in civil lawsuits. In an interview, we asked Dan, an experienced violent crimes attorney, to share insight on the legal options of victims stabbed at a gas station and their families.
“Commercial property owners have a legal obligation to maintain a level of safety for their customers and employees. Property owners should protect those on and around their property by implementing proper security. Examples of security measures include video surveillance inside and outside and enhanced lighting around the property. When a stabbing occurs on commercial property, victims and their families should inquire if there was adequate security in place at the time. If a victim’s attorney can prove that such security was not provided at the time of the incident, they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the property owner.”
“Furthermore, a property owner could be considered liable for a crime, such as a stabbing, that has taken place on their property if the crime is considered foreseeable. An example of a foreseeable crime would be if the owner was aware of the increasing crime rates in the area but failed to increase security measures on the property. The property owner could be considered negligent and possibly found liable in a civil lawsuit in these instances. Victims and their families should secure the services of an experienced violent crime attorney to examine whether the crime involved property owner negligence.”