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This Makes Me Smile [Sep. 20th, 2008|06:10 am]
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From the Austin American Statesman:

"Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect responsible for the Attempted Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault of a woman and the Assault of another woman. Both incidents occurred on Friday, September 19, 2008, in the 2100-2200 blocks of East Ben White Boulevard.

A white male suspect attacked the women as they walked to their vehicles in a parking garage. The first incident occurred at 12:45 a.m. when they reached into the victim’s vehicle and attempted to pull her from her car. The victim fought off the suspect and was able to escape. The second incident occurred in the same area when he threatened the victim with a screwdriver and grabbed her. She also fought the suspect off and was able to free herself. Both victims did an excellent job of fighting off the suspect."

There is a mistake in this article. The women that Mr. White Male accosted were not "victims." They were not victims because they did such an "excellent job" of fighting back.

Well done ladies. Well done indeed.

[User Picture]From: ndozo
2008-09-20 03:13 pm (UTC)
Mr. White Male might want to brush up on his Assaulting skillz. The dude is WEAK! Haha. And it would have been even better if the ladies had some spray paint to decorate him with. And why didn't the cops or the garage up the security after the first attempt. I think if Ms. second almost victim were so inclined she could sue the garage and win. They should be more alert.
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[User Picture]From: viverra2
2008-09-22 02:28 pm (UTC)
Not so sure about suing and winning. You'd have to show a duty and negligence of that duty. Most parking garages have 'use at your own risk' signs, which usually answers the 'duty' criterion. And one attack is not a trend that requires extraordinary measures. But now that there have been two attacks, it could be argued that the circumstances demand more of 'duty' than simple signs. And if there were a light out or something, all bets are off. Actually, having a live security guard or something like that is a voluntary assumption of a higher standard of duty, and obligates the owner to follow through. So it opens them to lawsuits.... ain't our legal system grand?
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[User Picture]From: viverra2
2008-09-22 02:20 pm (UTC)

victims and suspects

Cop language is so bizarre. In this case, I can see using the word 'victim', in that the women were the targets of an attack, even though that attack was not entirely successful. I'm sure that emotionally they are victims (in the sense of having bad emotional after-effects).
But suspect? There is no suspect yet. There is an attacker whose identity is unknown. He is a criminal, or a perpetrator, but not a suspect. Now when they have a person who they think did it, that person is a suspect.
Argh. The English teacher in me cringes.
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