Stabbing at motel leads to suit against Driftwood Inn

David Yates Mar. 21, 2012, 10:00am


Wichita Falls resident Juan Sustaita has filed suit against the Driftwood Inn in Port Arthur, alleging the motel failed to stop three men from stabbing and robbing him.

The suit was filed March 20 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Sustaita was staying at the motel when three men broke into his room, stabbed him multiple times and ultimately robbed him, leaving him for dead afterwards.

"Mr. Sustaita was able to contact help and survived," the suit states. "As a result of defendant's failure to provide ... any form (of) security, even though criminal activity on and around the premises was known and frequent, plaintiff suffered severe and permanent injuries."

The suit further accuses Driftwood Inn of failing to warn customers of the dangerous condition that exists on its premises.

In addition to exemplary damages, the plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Provost Umphrey attorney Matthew Matheny represents him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A192-196

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