Tenant sues apartment complex after alleged stabbing on premises

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 20, 2013, 3:04pm

GALVESTON - Alleging a fellow tenant at her Dickinson apartment complex attacked her, Gail Jacquet seeks damages.

A lawsuit filed Sept. 16 in Galveston County District Court claims that Community Retirement Center of Galveston County LP knew the Jacquet’s alleged assailant, Laurie Carter, presented "an extreme danger" to the public and the residents of Oak Tree Village Apartments, but nonetheless failed to prevent the June 28 event in question.

Jacquet says she was in the parking lot of the defendant's premises when Carter, who is not a defendant in the case, stabbed her several times with a knife, inflicting serious, permanent and disabling injuries.

A Galveston County Grand Jury indicted Carter, and the Galveston County District Attorney's Office filed felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon against her.

The suit claims Carter was allegedly involved in similar incidents prior to the attack against Jacquet. As a result of each episode, the Galveston County Sheriff's Department had to intervene, according to the original petition.

Jacquet insists the defendant allowed Carter to stay on the property afterwards and neglected to provide an adequate security force.

She seeks $150,000 in damages and is represented by attorney Mark A. Salvato of Houston.

Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 13-CV-1192

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