Negligent Security? 28-Year-Old Tyler Summerour was Stabbed to Death at The Norcross Extended Stay in Norcross, Georgia.
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 – Hotel Stabbing Leaves 1 Dead.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Tyler Summerour was attacked and stabbed on January 11, 2023, around 3:00 pm. Although he was taken to the hospital, tragically Mr. Summerour succumbed to his wounds. Tyler Summerour was 27 years old at the time of his death.
Police identified Marvin Hollie (50) of Duluth, Georgia, as their suspect. Mr. Hollie is a known pimp in the area. He is being charged with aggravated assault, malice murder, and murder.
Gwinnett County detectives stated that they are still investigating this incident.
Investigation and Questions
Because details are so limited, many important questions remain about this incident. As they pertain to a potential civil case and lawsuit, important questions and areas of investigation might include:
- Did Marvin Hollie have a significant criminal history?
- Was Mr. Hollie a known person at this hotel?
- What is the history of prior crime and police response at, and around, the Norcross Extended Stay?
- What security measures were in place at the hotel?
- Was Tyler Summerour targeted?
- Where, precisely, did the stabbing take place on the property?
Answers to these questions can help to paint a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Owners and operators of motels such as the Norcross Extended Stay have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect their guests. When an establishment such as a hotel knows it has a problem with crime, they may be held liable when one of their customers is injured or killed in one of these instances of violent crime.
How to Prevent Violence and Crime at Motels?
Legal contributor Attorney Danny Dalton, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Dalton offered the following commentary on this incident:
“Owners and operators of businesses can and should take reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, adequate lighting, video cameras, fences, courtesy officers, security patrols, off-duty officers, trespass lists, and maintaining a clean motel in good repair can all help to deter crime. It is also important for property owners to request and monitor crime data to get a better idea of what is happening at and around the property so that they can evaluate what security measures are necessary. Too often motels are aware of a problematic or dangerous guest or person on the property but fail to do anything about it. You can’t prevent all crime, but you can certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on your property.”
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