Abington Apartment Rape Victims File Lawsuits

(Memphis) Rape victims are fighting back. For nearly seven weeks, a serial rapist terrorized women at the Abington Apartments in Raleigh.

Now three victims are fighting back with separate lawsuits, but they aren’t suing the suspect.

Each lawsuit names the Parkview Memphis (Abington) Apartments and management agency Multi-South Management Services as defendants and seeks damages in excess of $5  million for not keeping them safe.

According to the lawsuits, the defendants knew, or should have known, the apartment complex and surrounding area had a history of forced entries, burglaries, aggravated assaults and sexual assaults against other young women just days before their assaults.

They also contend the defendants knew an armed rapist had unrestricted access to the complex, meaning the assaults against them were foreseeable, but that the defendants failed to warn residents and didn’t implement safety measures to provide reasonable protection.

One of the women describes the day she was raped repeatedly in her apartment as “a terrifying nightmare.”

“He pointed the gun at me and told me to ‘shut up, don’t scream, and get down,’” she said.

She was in her apartment alone when a masked man broke in February 12.

“He took me into my bedroom and he tied my eyes up with the dress that I had slept in the night before. I still had it on my bed. He tied my eyes up very tight and he laid me on the bed,” she said.

He searched her home, then raped her.

“I thought he was going to kill me,” she said.

She had no idea her neighbor was raped days before. She says a detective had to tell her, because the Abington Apartments didn’t.

“They didn’t send out letters or anything,” she said.

Two more women in the complex were raped before police caught suspect Deandrey Peterson.

“After I got raped, I called the apartments and I told them they should check on people in their homes or send a letter because this man is crazy,” she said.

She and her attorney say that never happened.

“If they are aware there is a likelihood that violence may occur, they have a legal duty to provide protection,” attorney Walter Bailey said.

We tried to talk to the apartment manager Wednesday, but were told she wasn’t there.

We also called another defendant named in the lawsuit, and they told us to call someone else, but no one answered.

“It does make me angry,” the victim said.

She hopes her lawsuit will call be a call to action for apartment complexes everywhere so others don’t live her nightmare.

Peterson is in jail on $1 million bond, charged with two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated burglary, evading arrest, and theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

9 comments

  • Hard Truths

    Landlords who fail to provide adequate security for tenants SHOULD be sued. Along with the security company in question.

  • Sue

    Why not sue the Memphis Police Dept.? They knew or should have known this area had a history of crime. Why not sue the news stations and news papers they have access to police reports and knew or should have known the crime history of this area. Why not sue their neighbors. Why not take accountability for ensuring your personal safety. Why not check the crime reports for the area you live in on a regular basis. Did any of these women check with the management office regarding crime in the area? Did they request in writing to be notified if and when the management office received notice from any law enforcement agency that a crime had occurred in the area. I know this was a horrific ordeal that each of them endured and my heart goes out to them. Why have we not learned that each of us is responsible for our own safely. There is no law enforcement office that will tell you there is a safe place to live. Each and everyone of them will tell you they cannot ensure your safety anywhere.

    • Dr. JohnS

      Sue you asked some very good questions. I think the women are asking one that can be answered. The Memphis police department cannot be every where, they cannot fore see a crime being committed. But the women had every right to expect protection when they paid their rent.

  • MikeBarret

    Of course this isn’t about money, no way, no siree, nope, just want to hold a company accountable, not interested in getting rich at all.

  • Dave

    I can hear the laughs coming from the civil courts now. Or is that the laughter of the attournies who took the case? They after all will either be paid by the victims or the defendants.

  • Hard Truths

    Insurance companies need to tell their customers to tighten security to protect the tenants.

    It’s the insurance companies’ problem. They take the insurance premium, so they pay when there’s a loss.

    That’s what insurance is for.

  • 122811

    Those apartments are 60% vacant people cars have been broken into and the police ride through those apartments everynight. So yes i think they should sue the apartment management company because they have all those vacant apartment that been vacant for years… and why no reason just to lazy to fix the whole complex instead they only rent out the ones they dont have to do much to.

    • Hard Truths

      If you don’t know already, Memphis apartment complexes are horror shows. Riddled with gangs that mostly prey on Hispanics, apartment managers who should be in the cast of Honey Boo-Boo, and some of the rudest, most unprofessional lawyers you’ll ever meet — in the eviction bar. Perhaps it’s a function that everyone is rude and predatory toward everyone else in Memphis. Apartment lawyers are rats, apartment managers are shrieking harridans, and many apartment tenants are gang-bangers, primitive but highly specialized thug predators.

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