Last Updated: 7/13/2020
According to The Bradford Era, police responded to calls about a stabbing at the Lighter Side Bar located at 19 Mechanic Street, on January 24th, around 1:14 a.m.
At arrival, police discovered two victims with found with stab wounds; one with multiple wounds to the torso and the other with injuries to the hand. Both were expected to make a full recovery after being transported to a local hospital.
Authorities reported that Jamie Darnell Reedus-Gillyard is a person of interest and have asked the public for help in finding him. Upon apprehension, Reedus-Gillyard could be charged with two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment.
Attorney contributor to the Legal Herald, Brian Kent, works with victims of violent crimes in private civil suits. Mr. Kent provided the commentary below to aid victims in determining if they have a claim in situations like these. Mr. Kent does not represent any of the victims in this case.
“Property and business owners have a legal responsibility to uphold premises liability law for the safety of their customers. They should provide some type of security whether it be bodyguards, video surveillance, or lighting in parking lots. If proper security measures are not taken by owners, they can be held negligent in court.
First, you will need to secure the services of a Crime Victim Attorney who can prove that an act of negligence was committed. A reasonably foreseeable crime can occur whenever a person is hurt on the property of an owner, during a stabbing, and adequate security was nowhere to be found, or at least improved, by an owner who knew about previous criminal activity.
A survivor of a stabbing will likely incur costs for medical and other expenses related directly to the criminal act. A victim can become incapacitated for an extended period of time, causing them to lose their jobs and wages. Your attorney will be able to request that these damages be compensated by a negligent owner; who could have prevented the crime from happening had they followed the law,” detailed Mr. Kent.
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