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Rape victim sues apartment complex

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The victim is taking owners of the apartment she lived in, to court, claiming they failed to provide proper security for residents. Source: WLBT The victim is taking owners of the apartment she lived in, to court, claiming they failed to provide proper security for residents. Source: WLBT
16-year-old Eddie Devine Source: WLBT archives 16-year-old Eddie Devine Source: WLBT archives
13-year-old Remy Harvey Source: WLBT archives 13-year-old Remy Harvey Source: WLBT archives
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In April, two local teens were arrested for a heinous crime.

13-year-old Remy Harvey, and 16-year-old Eddie Devine were charged with carjacking, kidnapping and raping a woman.

She was abducted from her apartment on the way to work.

Now, the victim is taking owners of the apartment she lived in, to court, claiming they failed to provide proper security for residents.

The victim in this case is named Jane Doe on the lawsuit.

She and her attorney claim the apartment where she stayed has a history of crime problems, and her attack could have been avoided, had they made the right steps to provide a safer environment for renters.

In a civil lawsuit filed last week in Hinds county, Hallmark Gardens and their management company New Horizon's are named as plaintiffs.

The suit claims they were negligent in providing security for residents, which attorney Jesse Mitchell says, led to the attack on his client.

Jesse Mitchell, the attorney representing the victim says, "There was no security despite the fact they told these tenants they would provide them with 24 hour security. That wasn't the case obviously because my client was abducted at gunpoint, pistol whipped, beaten in her vehicle on the property and assaulted on the property. "

After several hours of being held at gunpoint, the female victim was finally able to get free of her captors, by jumping out of her own car, as they sped off from a state street gas station.

Her amazing escape caught on surveillance cameras.

Mitchell says he believes the two young teens charged in the case were well aware, there was a lapse in security.

"When you give an opportunity to criminals like that, they're going to take advantage of it, they're going to prey on the opportunity at hand and they knew there wasn't any security," says Mitchell.

Mitchell is seeking damages for negligence on behalf of the apartment complex, and doctor bills, pain and suffering and emotional distress on behalf of his client, who day by day, is recovering from this horrific attack.

Mitchell says, "She doesn't want to go out anymore, she's embarrassed, she's afraid, but she wants to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone again."

We reached out to the apartment complex named as the defendant in the lawsuit for comment, but they have not responded.

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