According to the Daily Voice, a woman was stabbed at the Rodeway Inn located at 860 N. Front St US 15, 11, Wormleysburg, PA 17043.
Police responded to a stabbing on December 17, 2021, at approximately 11:45 p.m. at the hotel. They arrived to find a woman with a stab wound to the neck. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to be ok.
They arrested 40-year-old Jonah Raheem Williamson as the suspected stabber. Williamson has been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing the scene, and recklessly endangering another person. He has been denied bail and is awaiting his formal arraignment.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent provides legal counsel to stabbing victims in civil lawsuits. During an interview, we asked Brian to elaborate on when a hotel can be held liable for stabbings on their property.
"Property owners, such as motel and hotels, are legally required to provide a level of security to their guests and staff. Security measures can include video monitoring cameras, updated key cards, and patrolling security guards. If hotel owners neglect their property security, they could be held accountable for crimes committed on their property."
"When the area's crime increases near the property, the property owner is responsible for making adjustments to boost their security. This security increase is to reduce the risk of violent crime, such as stabbings. Failure to improve their security could cause a hotel owner to be considered negligent by a court. Furthermore, the hotel owner could be held liable for these foreseeable crimes."
"Victims stabbed on a hotel's property should inquire about the level of security during the crime. While criminal lawsuits can help bring charges against the direct perpetrator, a civil lawsuit can help victims recover damages from negligent third parties, like the hotel owner. Victims are encouraged to seek the legal guidance of an experienced stabbing victim attorney to best explore their legal options."