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Did Management at Aspen Courts Apartments Know About Crime Threats Before the Murder of Antonio Jones?

Police recovered more than 30 shell casings from a shooting spree that terrorized residents of Aspen Courts apartments at 4:30 am February 4th. Rounds fired by unknown suspects from a pickup truck struck several apartment homes and killed 18-year-old Antonio Jones.

While law enforcement captured photos of the pickup truck, the perpetrators are currently unknown. There’s been no reporting regarding a suspected motive in the shooting, and no indication that Antonio Jones was the target; he’s likely an innocent bystander.

While the shooters in this horrific murder bear criminal responsibility for Jones’ death, from a civil liability standpoint, there are some serious questions about why they felt they could so brazenly commit such a heinous crime at the Aspen Courts apartments.

In an online review, one resident complained of crime and stealing, suggesting, “Security would be good if they could just catch the right people causing problems instead of blaming the wrong people.” In another review, a resident says the “security hang with the drug dealers.”

If there is any truth to the accusations that security knew about crime or drug dealing activity on the property and turned a blind eye to it -- or worse yet, enabled it -- then the property management and the owners of Aspen Courts could share blame for Antonio Jones’ death.

Atlanta attorney Chuck Clay has represented victims of violent crimes that occurred on property where employees and management allowed criminals to operate with impunity. “When property owners turn a blind eye to criminal activity, they actually create a safe harbor for criminals to operate, and this in turn puts their residents and guests in extreme danger.”

Georgia law allows the victims of violent crimes and their families to hold property owners accountable when they enable criminals to operate on premises or fail to take reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable crime. Using the civil justice systems, victims can stand up for themselves and demand property owners and managers take responsibility when they fail to provide adequate security in the face of known threats.

“When property owners are forced to bear the consequences of crime committed on their premises,” Chuck Clay says, “they often start to take the safety of their tenants seriously by increasing investments in security.” Chuck believes that by demanding accountability, we can help Make Atlanta Safe, one community at a time.

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