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Will owner of business where gang rape occurred face civil charges?

Edward Samuel, Ja'Lon Jones, Marquise Samuel Edward Samuel, Ja'Lon Jones, Marquise Samuel
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Ten days after police say three suspects raped a woman in her own car at a gas station, they appeared in court for an initial appearance.

Ja'Lon Jones, 20, faces a sexual battery charge as well as accessory after the fact to armed robbery of an individual.

Edward Samuel, 18, is charged with sexual battery.

Marquise Samuel, 18, already in the Hinds County Detention Center on unrelated charges, faces a forcible rape charge and armed robbery of an individual.

The July 18 rape wasn't the first incident at the Shell gas station on Daniel Lake Boulevard. Attorney Rocky Wilkins said in this case, the owner could face civil charges.

"What the law says is if it's a high-crime area, then the owner has to take reasonable security measures to keep their business patrons safe," said Wilkins.

Wilkins said the recent gang rape raises serious questions in terms of civil liability.

"If the business has notice that there have been a lot of crimes in the property, yes, they can be held civilly responsible for money damages," said Wilkins. "And also if they knew the person who did it, if they knew about their dangerous propensities."

Jackson police say the armed robbery of an individual happened just days before the gang rape.

"The key, and what all the experts that I've ever dealt with [say], and I've done a lot of these cases, is that crime breeds more crime," said Wilkins. "And so, if you have a few cars broken into and you do nothing about it, next thing you're gonna have happen is people getting assaulted and your business is robbed."

So what can be done to stop it? How can business owners protect themselves when this happens?

"What they should do is have off-duty armed police or other security guards, have it well-lit, and make sure that the people that are spending money in their store are safe," said Wilkins. "Otherwise, I don't think they're doing what they're supposed to be doing under the law."

Attempts to reach the owner at the Shell gas station on Daniel Lake Boulevard were not successful.

No word on whether civil charges will come in this case.

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--  Ten days after police say three suspects raped a woman in her own car at a gas station, they appeared in court for an initial appearance.

Ja'Lon Jones, 20, faces a sexual battery charge as well as accessory after the fact to armed robbery of an individual.

Edward Samuel, 18, is charged with sexual battery.

Marquise Samuel, 18, was already in the Hinds County Detention Center on unrelated charges. He now faces forcible rape charges and armed robbery of an individual.

However, the July 18 rape wasn't the first incident at the Shell gas station on Daniel Lake Boulevard.


Attorney Rocky Wilkins said in this case, the owner could face civil charges.

"What the law says is if it's a high-crime area, then the owner has to take reasonable security measures to keep their business patrons safe," Wilkins said.

Wilkins said the recent gang rape raises serious questions in terms of civil liability.

"If the business has notice that there have been a lot of crimes in the property, yes, they can be held civilly responsible for money damages, and also if they knew the person who did it, if they knew about their dangerous propensities," Wilkins said.

This isn't the first time a crime occurred at the south Jackson gas station.

 

Jackson police say the armed robbery of an individual happened just days before the gang rape.

"The key, and what all the experts that I've ever dealt with [say] -- and I've done a lot of these cases -- is that crime breeds more crime," Wilkins said. "And so, if you have a few cars broken into and you do nothing about it, next thing you're gonna have happen is people getting assaulted and your business is robbed."

So what can be done to stop it? How can business owners protect themselves when this happens?

"What they should do is have off-duty armed police or other security guards, have it well-lit, and make sure that the people that are spending money in their store are safe," Wilkins said. "Otherwise, I don't think they're doing what they're supposed to be doing under the law."

Attempts to reach the owner at the Shell gas station on Daniel Lake Boulevard were not successful.

No word on if civil charges will come in this case.

-- Ten days after police say three suspects raped a woman in her own car at a gas station, they appeared in court for an initial appearance.

Ja'Lon Jones, 20, faces a sexual battery charge as well as accessory after the fact to armed robbery of an individual.

Edward Samuel, 18, is charged with sexual battery.

Marquise Samuel, 18, was already in the Hinds County Detention Center on unrelated charges. He now faces forcible rape charges and armed robbery of an individual.

However, the July 18 rape wasn't the first incident at the Shell gas station on Daniel Lake Boulevard.

Attorney Rocky Wilkins said in this case, the owner could face civil charges.

"What the law says is if it's a high-crime area, then the owner has to take reasonable security measures to keep their business patrons safe," Wilkins said.

Wilkins said the recent gang rape raises serious questions in terms of civil liability.

"If the business has notice that there have been a lot of crimes in the property, yes, they can be held civilly responsible for money damages, and also if they knew the person who did it, if they knew about their dangerous propensities," Wilkins said.

This isn't the first time a crime occurred at the south Jackson gas station.

Jackson police say the armed robbery of an individual happened just days before the gang rape.

"The key, and what all the experts that I've ever dealt with [say] -- and I've done a lot of these cases -- is that crime breeds more crime," Wilkins said. "And so, if you have a few cars broken into and you do nothing about it, next thing you're gonna have happen is people getting assaulted and your business is robbed."

So what can be done to stop it? How can business owners protect themselves when this happens?

"What they should do is have off-duty armed police or other security guards, have it well-lit, and make sure that the people that are spending money in their store are safe," Wilkins said. "Otherwise, I don't think they're doing what they're supposed to be doing under the law."

Attempts to reach the owner at the Shell gas station on Daniel Lake Boulevard were not successful.

No word on if civil charges will come in this case.

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