According to Ithaca News, there was a stabbing at the Courtyard Marriott located at 29 Thornwood Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850.
An altercation in the lobby of the hotel resulted in a stabbing. The police were called around 9:15 pm to the Courtyard Marriot regarding a stabbing victim. When police arrived, they found a male victim in the lobby stabbed in the arm.
Ithaca News reported the victim allegedly had an altercation with the assailant Sheryl K. Lecky, 31-years-old, in the lobby, and then she stabbed him. In attempts to hide, the victim locked himself in an office near the lobby. The victim received medical assistance and is expected to recover fully.
Leckey fled the scene but was later found and taken into custody. She is awaiting arraignment.
Have you or someone you are close to been involved in a hotel stabbing? Attorney Laurence Banville, an experienced violent crimes attorney, represents victims in civil lawsuits. Below, we asked Laurence to share insight on the legal options available to hotel-stabbing victims and their families.
"Commercial property owners are legally obligated by law to ensure the safety of both their customers and employees. To keep patrons on and around their property safe from preventable dangers, owners should provide adequate security measures. Examples of such security measures include, but are not limited to, video surveillance, metal detectors, and cameras. Sadly, there are often times when adequate security is not implemented on commercial property, and there is a violent crime. In such situations, the victim and their family might have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner who may have been negligent in failing to offer adequate security measures on their property."
"Victims of such crimes should secure the services of an experienced violent crimes attorney to learn their legal options. An attorney must prove more than inadequate security and negligence; the attorney must show that the violent crime that occurred on the commercial property was reasonably foreseeable. Reasonably foreseeable essentially means that a property owner was aware of rising violence in the area but did not implement new or improved security measures on their premises. In reasonably foreseeable crimes, the property owner may be considered liable for the committed violent crime. For a victim to have grounds for a civil lawsuit against a property owner, there must be inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime."