MercuryNews reports that a clerk at a 7-Eleven in Menlo Park was stabbed during a robbery around 3 am on August 1oth. The clerk was taken to a local hospital with stab wounds on his neck and hand. He is expected to make a full recovery.
After searching the area and receiving a tip from a passer-by, officers were able to identify and arrest 27-year old Matthew Bertolucci. Officers found a knife and merchandise taken from the store when they arrested him. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.
Attorney Commentator Bobby Thompson has experience in helping victims of violent crimes and their families find justice. He offered the following comments on victims of convenience store stabbings:
“Businesses have a legal obligation to maintain a safe environment for customers and employees. This includes providing adequate security to prevent robberies and other crimes from occurring. If a store is in a bad neighborhood or if it has a history of crime, they must install additional security such as metal detectors or security cameras.”
Bobby continued by saying “An important question to ask after a stabbing occurred is if it could be considered reasonably foreseeable. If a crime is reasonably foreseeable and a store does nothing to prevent it then the store may be held as negligent. In these situations, a victim or their family may file a lawsuit and attempt to recover damages for the store’s negligence.”