According to an attorney for a woman who was raped and sodomized for more than 12 hours in her second-floor apartment in the Promenade Cullen Park 3 years ago, managers of the apartment complex just west of the Addicks Reservoir had in fact sent out a notice to residents after a through-the-balcony break-in of the unit next door to her 2 weeks earlier. However, it was “the same warning that they would send out if a bicycle was stolen off a balcony or a TV was stolen out of an apartment,” attorney Troy Chandler tells the Houston Chronicle. “The notice failed to mention that a burglary occurred, that the assailant waited inside, that a tenant was attacked and that there had been an attempted rape.” After that incident but before she was raped, the woman renewed her lease on the apartment — without being informed about the nature of the attack, according to her attorneys.
This week a Harris County jury awarded the rape victim a $20 million judgment, after she claimed in her lawsuit that managers at the complex had failed to notify residents about previous sexual attacks on the property. Of the total amount, $7 million was awarded for physical pain and mental anguish, $5 million for future mental anguish, and $8 million for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
The apartment complex at 1800 Barker Cypress Rd. — formerly known as the Trails at Barker Cypress — is managed by the Arcadian Real Estate Group, according to a Channel 2 news report. Apartment resident Darryl Anthony Martin pled guilty to the rape charge in 2010 and is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.
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