According to WNEP, a woman was stabbed at the Viewmont Mall in Lackawanna County located at 100 Viewmont Mall, Scranton, PA 18508.
Police say the victim was working at the eyebrow threading kiosk near Macy's toward the end of the mall when the suspect approached her and stabbed her. The suspect then ran but was apprehended at a traffic stop just outside Dick's Sporting Goods, inside the mall parking lot. Details regarding the suspect and what led to the stabbing have not been released at this time.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps victims of violent crimes such as mall stabbings in the state of Pennsylvania. Brian recently sat down to answer "Can I sue for being stabbed at a mall?"
"Owners of commercial property, such as shopping malls, have a legal responsibility to provide a safe shopping environment for their customers and vendors. This may include patrolling security officers, working security cameras, and well-lit parking lots. If there is a violent crime on the property and the owner failed to provide adequate security, they could be held liable."
"There may be two ways for victims to get compensation after a stabbing injury. The criminal justice system is the first option. If the perpetrators were arrested and charged, this would be possible. However, if the mall's security measures were found to be negligent, the victim may be able to file a civil suit against the mall owner. The crime would need to be deemed foreseeable or predictable based on a history of crime or violence in the area. If the mall owner failed to increase its security to reduce the risk of foreseeable crime, they could be held accountable for damages. Victims who have been stabbed at a mall should speak with an experienced attorney to determine their best course of legal action."