Suspect Arrested a Month After Stabbing Incident at Woodcrest Tavern
Oklahoma’s News claims that on August 4th around 2 a.m., officers responded to reports of a fight at Woodcrest Tavern located on 11975 S Midwest Blvd, Guthrie, OK 73044. When police arrived, they found a victim suffering from almost a dozen stab wounds.
According to witnesses at the bar, the victim had chest bumped a man, causing him to trip. Jerry Hare, a friend of the man who stumbled over, initiated a fight with the victim. As the victim attempted to exit the situation, Hare stabbed him 10 times. He was hospitalized and needed emergency surgery for his injuries. However, he is expected to recover.
Jerry Hare was arrested more than a month after the incident and was charged with one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
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Legal Options Available to Victims Injured in Bar Stabbings
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of crimevictim.Attorney represents violent crime victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Below, Mr. Kent has provided his insight on the legal options available to these victims.
“All commercial property owners are legally expected to keep their patrons and employees safe from the threat of preventable dangers. In order to successfully fulfill this duty, property owners must provide adequate security on their premises. Adequate security may include establishing well-lit parking lots, hiring security guards, or having video surveillance. If a bar owner fails to provide adequate security, and a violent crime such as a stabbing occurs due to their negligence, then the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner”, states Mr. Kent.
He continues: “However, that is not all of the components necessary for a property owner to be considered liable for a violent crime. The victim’s lawyer must also prove that the crime was reasonably foreseeable. A reasonably foreseeable crime is one that occurs at a bar with a previous history of criminal violence, yet no security improvements were put in place. Every case is unique, but generally speaking if a reasonably foreseeable stabbing occurs at a bar due to negligent security, then the owner may be held liable for the crime.”
If you or a loved one has experienced something similar to this incident, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.
Location of Woodcrest Tavern in Guthrie, OK
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