Articles Posted in Crime Victims Compensation Fund

Published on:

Violent crime is a serious problem in Miami and around the state. The Miami negligent security lawyers at Hannon Legal Group regularly represent the victims of violent crime and help them to obtain compensation for injuries and in many cases for wrongful death.

Unfortunately, in another incident of violent crime, an elderly man is dead and a woman is in critical condition at Ryder Trauma Center after being stabbed at a Miami apartment complex on Wednesday morning.

Police have not released the identity of the victims. The stabbing occurred at the apartment building located at 1559 North River Drive.

Published on:

Miami – A shooting in the parking lot of a Miami apartment complex left three people wounded and a teenage girl dead Sunday evening. Police originally referred to this tragic incident as a “drive-by shooting,” however, sources close to the investigation revealed that the assailants exited their car and began shooting. The fifteen year old girl is believed to have been an innocent by-stander.

Miami-Dade Police Department’s homicide investigators were initially told that four men riding in a gray Nissan Maxima or Altima fired the fatal shots.

Police said The shooting occurred just after 6:45 p.m. when Nissan arrived at the Annie Coleman apartment complex located at 2135 NW 52nd Street. According to detectives, the car pulled into the courtyard and several shots were fired from what is believed to be an AK -47 assault rifle, leaving a young girl dead and three others wounded.

The identity of the girl who died at the scene is not yet known. The others who were wounded in the shooting were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Witnesses said the girl was shot in the head while playing outside with friends.

The shootings come about a year after an incident a short distance away on Jan. 24, 2009, in which a gunman armed with an AK-47 assault rifle shot into a crowd killing two and wounding seven others.

“It’s a process. It’s a cycle — a vicious cycle,” said neighborhood activist Renita Holmes. “There’s no respect for life.”

Neighbors, who spoke on condition on anonymity for fear of their lives, said the shooting was gang-related. A police spokesperson said that it was too early to tell whether that was the case.

Det. Rebeca Perez urged anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Speaking of the teenage victim, Perez lamented, “What could she have possibly done to deserve this?”
Continue reading →

Published on:

Miami Negligent or inadequate security may have been to blame for the fatal shooting of a Miami woman today in the parking lot of Peoples Storage. An unidentified woman was shot to death earlier today during an apparent robbery attempt in Miami according to police.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the People’s Storage located at 200 NW 79th St. at about 11:30 a.m. when two men approached her.

Kenia Reyes, a Miami police spokeswoman said “It appears it was an intent to rob her and she was shot.” The woman died outside the Peoples Storage facility .

One witness present at the business, Lazaro Garcia, who owns a car dealership, said the woman had gone out to her car because she was short of money to pay for the storage of her furniture.

While this robbery gone bad is still under investigation, it is likely that the victim would still be alive today had the business or people who control the parking lot implemented adequate security measures. Reasonable security measures often deter crime since robbery, and many other violent crimes are crimes of opportunity. Violent crimes are usually committed in places where the criminals believe they can avoid being seen or caught.

Business and land owners in Florida have a legal duty to use reasonable means to protect their customers and guests from foreseeable violent crime. When they fail to do that, they may be liable to pay the crime victims compensation.
Continue reading →

Published on:

Pompano Beach, Florida – One man is dead and was injured in a shooting outside of a Pompano Beach apartment complex.

The fatal shooting occurred Saturday evening when two men who were outside an apartment complex on Avondale Drive were approached by one or more persons. Shots were fired and the victims were transported to North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach where injuries to one of them proved to be fatal.

The shooting is being investigated by BSO homicide detectives. They asked anyone with information to call BSO Homicide Det. Frank Ilarraza at 954-321-4210 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477, or online to www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

Many violent crimes are “crimes of opportunity”, meaning they are committed in the place which affords the perpetrator the best opportunity to avoid being seen or caught. Very often that place turns out to be a commercial property like an apartment complex, night club, bank or automated teller machine (ATM) where safety and security have been neglected.
Continue reading →

Published on:

Omaha, Nebraska – A outbreak of gun violence has focused attention on ATM security concerns. In a five day period, there were five shooting deaths.

It began with a robbery attempt at an ATM on a recent Wednesday night. Crime victim, Charles Denton, 21, of Omaha was shot after using an ATM near 50th and Underwood.

ATM’s do have some safety features. Mirrors allow for customers to see behind them, and many have cameras recording the activity at the machine.

Denton’s Mother says the location of the ATM is a problem and thinks it should be removed.

Other who have used that ATM are also uncomfortable because you have to leave your car to get your cash.

Dena Dubas of Omaha said “I kind of look around before I get out and come to it. I prefer drive-up ones so you don’t have to get out of it. I wouldn’t use it at night, though.”

James Walter feels the same way and said, “I have felt uncomfortable the times I have used it, particularly at night.”

Denton is recovering from his wounds. His mom says he should be ok.

A few minutes after Denton called police, another shooting occurred in the area – this one was fatal. Just a few blocks away, 27-year old Tari Glinsmann was shot and killed in the parking lot of the convenience store on 52nd and Leavenworth where she was an employee.

Omaha Police advise everyone to be aware of their surroundings when moving about the city.
Continue reading →

Published on:

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) recently announced that violent crime in Florida has decreased by 2.4 percent for the first half of 2008, down from the same time period in 2007. The FDLE report includes data obtained from over 400 law enforcement agencies regarding violent crimes reported between January and June of this year. The numbers for four categories of violent crime, murder, robbery, aggravated assault and forcible sex offenses, all decreased this year compared to the same period in 2007. The number of crimes reported overall in Florida however increased by 1.6% compared to the same time period last year.

“The first half of the year is typically a good indicator as to what is ahead in the remaining months,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “Arrests are up and we applaud the hard work of Florida law enforcement in aggressively combating crime.”

The number of domestic violence offenses reported decreased by 3.0 percent from last year while the number of total arrests made increased by 3.9 percent. Juvenile arrests increased 0.9 percent, while adult arrests increased 4.3 percent. Car theft is down 10.1 percent over the same period last year.

The complete 2008 Semi-Annual Crime in Florida, Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s Web site: www.fdle.state.fl.us/fsac/ucr.
Continue reading →

Published on:

Tampa, Florida – Deputies from the Hillsborough County’s Sheriff’s office arrested a 23 year old man who admitted shaking a 2-month-old baby.

Javaurian Vonshae Saffold was arrested on Monday and charged with aggravated child abuse. He is being detained at Orient Road Jail without bail.

The baby suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractured ribs and retinal bleeding.

Joseph’s Hospital doctors were treating the baby for serious injuries.

Most people recognize that the facts surrounding this terrible incident will be the subject of a case in our criminal justice system. What many people do not realize is that crime victims, like this baby’s family, have rights which can sometimes be enforced in the civil courts. In some cases, a victim of violent crime may be entitled to compensation.

One example of this is where a land or business owner’s negligent security or inadequate security placed the victim at risk for a criminal attack. In cases where there is no Florida premises liability cause of action arising out of negligence, crime victims may still recover money through the Florida Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.
Continue reading →

Published on:

Crime Victims Rights

Miami, Florida – Victims of violent crime have the right to receive compensation in certain cases. In Florida, Personal Injury Lawyers can file a civil lawsuit for negligent security or inadequate security in order to secure compensation for the victim and his or her family. These negligent security or inadequate security cases arise when land or business owners fail to take reasonable steps to protect their guests and patrons from foreseeable violent crime on their premises.

When these attacks occur on the premises of a business, the business operator and the land owners may be liable for the harm caused by third parties.

Unfortunately, most victims of violent crime have no idea that they may be entitled to compensation. Florida law imposes a legal duty on land and business owners, to provide a safe premises for their patrons.

Yesterday, a man who allegedly stabbed a twenty-four year old woman to death in a Manhattan grocery store was arrested in Miami, Florida.

The operators of a grocery store and the owners of the property or shopping center where it is located, are in the best position to know about the criminal activity in the area of their premises. For that reason, they have a duty to take reasonable precautions to protect their invited guests and the general public from foreseeable criminal attacks. That duty could include a duty to implement reasonable security measures to protect their guests.

Negligent or inadequate security cases usually arise out of violent criminal attacks including:

1). Rape 2). Murder 3). Robbery 4). Assault and Battery, and more recently,
5). Acts of Terrorism Continue reading →