According to U.S. News, a stabbing took place at Northbeach Restaurant located at 125 McKinley Street, Dewey Beach, DE 19971.
The Dewey Beach Police Department responded to an incident around 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Two victims had suffered knife wounds following a fight that broke out inside the restaurant.
The victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their stab wounds but are considered in stable condition. Officers stated that two male suspects fled the scene and are asking anyone that might have any information to contact the police department.
Attorney contributor Phil Edwards is an experienced violent crimes lawyer. Phil has represented victims wounded in restaurant stabbings and helps them determine their legal options. Phil has provided some of his insight below.
“Restaurants, just like other commercial properties, have a legal obligation to provide a safe environment for their customers. Unfortunately, crimes are sometimes committed on the property that results in customers being harmed. Property owners should implement a certain level of safeguards, such as security cameras and proper lighting, to prevent such crime from occurring. If restaurant owners fail to provide adequate safety measures, they may be deemed negligent and could be held liable for the violent crimes that take place on their property.”
“A property owner may be deemed negligent in a civil lawsuit if the crime was found to be reasonably foreseeable. One instance of a foreseeable crime would be if the crime rate in the area or at the establishment has increased recently, but the property owner failed to increase its security. Victims’ families should be aware that they may have grounds for a lawsuit and could even receive compensation for damages if the property owner is deemed liable and negligent.”