Becky's 1 employee alleges lack of security made her victim of an attempted kidnapping

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 25, 2019

KINGWOOD – An employee of a Kingwood business alleges she was injured in a robbery and that her employers were negligent in their failure to install security measures.

Trina Michelle Kelly filed a complaint in Preston Circuit Court against Preston LLC, doing business as Becky's 1, Dale Davis and John Casalinova alleging negligence.

The suit states that the plaintiff began her employment with Becky's in 2012 and her duties included closing the business at late hours and carrying large amounts of cash on her person. The suit states the plaintiff and other employees have asked Davis and Casalinova to install security cameras and lighting around the building as they felt it was unsafe, but the requests were ignored.

On Oct. 4, 2018, around 4 a.m., the suit states the plaintiff was closing and leaving with the cash deposit from that night when she was attacked by two men. She alleges the men robbed her and beat her head, then placed her in the front seat of her vehicle "in an apparent attempt to steal her car and kidnap her." She alleges she was able to jump out and the vehicle was driven away from the scene by the men.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants were negligent in their failure to install lighting and cameras.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Kevin T. Tipton of Tipton Law Offices in Fairmont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Steven Shaffer.

Preston Circuit Court case number 19-C-29

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