Skip to comments.Family Of Stabbed Teen Calls South Bay Galleria ‘Cesspool For Crime’
Posted on 02/25/2013 3:35:58 PM PST by BenLurkin
REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA.com) The parents of a 13-year-old boy who was stabbed at a Redondo Beach mall filed a lawsuit Monday claiming negligence and poor security led to the attack.
KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports Richard and Maria Williams want the South Bay Galleria cleaned up once and for all after a string of hundreds of criminal incidents.
The Dec. 29 attack against their son Ricky and another teen on the third level of the mall left both victims with a total of nine stab wounds to the chest. They were both hospitalized in stable condition and released days later.
The suspect remains at large after police released a composite sketch and asked the public to come forward with any information.
Maria Williams said she and her husband would have never allowed their son to go to the South Bay Galleria if she had known there were over 120 criminal incidents at the mall.
I had no prior knowledge, Maria said. We were under the assumption that we were leaving our son in a safe place.
The victims father, Richard, said a glaring lack of video surveillance on the property was at least partly to blame.
Im dumbfounded at the lack of surveillance, he said. Had I known it was a cesspool for crime we had no idea.
The lawsuit calls on Galleria mall owner, Forest City Enterprise, Inc., and Andrews International, the malls security company, to pay for Rickys medical expenses which now top $300,000 as well as upgrade security measures at the mall.
There was no immediate response to a request for comment from Forest City Enterprise on the lawsuit.
A $25,000 reward has been offered for any information leading to an arrest of the suspect, who was described by police as a Black male between 40-50 years of age, tall with a medium build and was last seen wearing a fatigue-type jacket, blue jeans, a black T-shirt and a dark-colored beanie. He had a possibly graying beard and mustache, authorities said.
Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to call the Redondo Beach Police Department tipline at (310) 937-6685 or email any tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looks too old to be Obambozo’s son . . . probably his brother.
Message to Ma and Pa Williams:
Letting kid hang at the mall is not a good idea...
Try the library......
That place has been crap since the 80s its more like Lawndale that Redondo anyways
Looks like your typical Obama son to me..but he was using an assault knife, I wonder if it had extra magazines on it..quick someone get Feinstein on the phone
Our local went ghetto in the past six monthis. BIG TIME.
So, I take my daughters to the nicer, MUCH more expensive “fashion mall” a little farther away.
I’ve noticed that the quality of a mall is inversely proportional to the quantity of athletic shoe stores.
he was using an assault knife
That would be funny if knives weren’t many times deadlier than handguns..
You know that’s the next thing the left will want banned
I think I read that Nordstrom is planning to move down to Del Amo Mall. When I first moved to Torrance/Redondo in the 90s, the Galleria seemed nicer. But these days, almost any mall is occupied by young people I have nothing in common with, even if they are harmless. I guess I’m not a mall shopper any more.
Why is the word "black" capitalized when describing a male but not when describing a T-shirt?
Both are adjectives and neither rates a capital letter.
Any pictures of the victim or his family?
Any parent who is stupid enough to turn their 13 year old out at the mall unsupervised is an unfit parent. I wouldn’t give them a cent, and would ask the judge if the jury could vote to terminate parental rights
Why shouldn’t a 13 year old be able to do some shopping on her/his own? They are in 8th grade. I wouldn’t leave them there all day, but an hour or two should be fine. Maybe not at the Galleria, but the PV Promenade should be fine.
“Ive noticed that the quality of a mall is inversely proportional to the quantity of athletic shoe stores.”
A friend once said to me “I don’t shop anywhere that is on a bus line”.
Because this isn't the 70s, and the world is a much more dangerous place than it was when we were kids.
I truly bemoan the fact that I can't allow my kids the same sort of freedom of movement that I enjoyed at their age, but I have to live with reality. So do they.
Ferals, Predators, and Peers, to start with.