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LAPD Still Searching For 20 Suspects After Bowling Alley Attack

premises liabilityWESTCHESTER, CALIFORNIA (May 14, 2023) – A 30-year-old man was hospitalized after being viciously attacked by 20 people at the Bowlero bowling alley in Westchester.

Los Angeles Police Department officials are saying that the brawl took place around 10:45 p.m. inside of the bowling alley. Twenty people jumped one person and scattered when police arrived. 

Paramedics found the victim conscious and breathing after the attack. He was taken to the hospital with multiple lacerations and is expected to recover. 

 The Bowlero bowling alley closed following the assault. No arrests have been made at this time. 

Liability For Westchester Bowling Alley Assaults

Los Angeles County has a disproportionately high rate of violent and non-violent crime compared with other counties in California. According to USA Today, Los Angeles experienced an 11% increase in its overall rate of crime in 2022. Around 60 residents out of every 1000 reported being the victim of crime. This includes both instances of violent and non-violent criminal activity. In particular, gang-related violence accounted for 43% of homicides in Los Angeles County. There are steps that businesses can take to help prevent violent crime on their premises. 

  • Property owners should ensure that all areas of their business including parking lots are well illuminated. 
  • Property owners may need to hire security guards depending on the nature of their business. 
  • Property owner should install cameras throughout their premises. 

Property owners in California have a legal obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. Pursuant to California Civil Code 1714, “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person.” A business owner can be liable if a guest is injured by criminal activity that is reasonably foreseeable. Whether or not any instance of crime is foreseeable can depend on a number of factors including previous instances of criminal activity at a certain location. There are a number of steps that should be taken after assaults at a business.

  • Surveillance footage should be sought. 
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed. 
  • Medical records should be preserved. 
  • An experienced premises liability attorney should be consulted. 

Assaults can be extremely difficult for even the toughest people to deal with. Even after a person’s physical injuries have healed, assault victims often suffer from long-term psychological injuries. Any person that is injured at a business may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that stem from violent assaults. It is important that all evidence is properly preserved after any incident. 

Investigating Westchester Bowling Alley Assaults

We at Samer Habbas & Associates, PC extend our best wishes to the person injured at the Bowlero bowling alley in Westchester. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. The people responsible for this senseless attack should do the right thing and come forward. It is never too late to do the right thing. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an assault at the Bowlero bowling alley? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of experienced premises liability attorneys are here to help you. We care deeply that asault victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at 951-498-4335.

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