Two women who were abducted at a Wal-Mart located in Aven, Minn., and later repeatedly raped have filed a lawsuit against the retail giant. It’s alleged that the company failed to intervene and call police after a man kidnapped the women at gunpoint. A number of criminal charges have been made against the suspect. Michael Parrish is accused of raping those two women and three others during a two-day period in early February. The boyfriend of one of the two women was beaten by Parrish.
According to the lawsuit, filed in Hendricks Superior Court, the women were loading groceries into their truck in the store’s parking lot when Parrish kidnapped them at gunpoint. Before that happened, according to the complaint, Parrish had been seen on Wal-Mart’s security cameras “acting suspiciously inside the store.” The security cameras captured the kidnapping. But no one from the store, the complaint alleges, called the police after the women were abducted about 11 p.m. It’s alleged in the complaint that Wal-Mart violated Indiana law by failing to protect its customers and by allowing Parrish to remain on its premises despite his suspicious behavior.
Kirk LeBlanc, a lawyer with LeBlanc, Nettles & Davis Law Group, a firm in Brownsburg, Minn., represents in the lawsuit the two women and the man who was beaten. The Plaintiffs are seeking damages for pain and suffering, psychological damage, medical expenses, mental and emotional distress and loss or theft of their property. They also are seeking to recover punitive damages.
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