Suspect Arrested After NYC Hatchet Attack At Chase Bank ATM That Seriously Injured Miguel Solorzano
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (August 19, 2021) – A 50-year-old man from Mexico identified as Miguel Solorzano was injured in an unprovoked hatchet attack at a Chase Bank ATM along Broadway in the Financial District.
New York City police officials are saying that the attack took place on Sunday. Miguel Solorzano walked into the Chase Bank after finishing his shift cooking at a getaway resort on Govenor’s Island.
As the victim was depositing his check at the Chase Bank ATM he was approached from behind by a 37-year-old assailant from Yonkers. The assailant struck Miguel Solorzano several times in the leg and head causing severe injuries that left him bloodied.
Eventually the victim was able to break free from the assailant and called for help outside of the Chase Bank. Paramedics arrived and put the victim on a gurney so that he could be taken to the hospital.
Police arrested the 37-year-old suspect involved in the attack. He was described as an Iraq Army veteran with mental health issues. Officers took him to Bellevue Hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being charged with attempted murder and assault.
Miguel Solorzano told reporters that he moved to the United States 12 years ago to earn money to support his children’s education. He remains in stable condition at the hospital. You can help support the victim through GoFundMe.
According to the GoFundMe page, “Let’s help Miguel Solorzano who was hatcheted in a Chase ATM machine in the Financial District of Manahattan last week. Little did he know that a man with a hatchet would pummel him in the skull and legs until he fell to the ground bleeding profusely. […] He’s been in the hospital since the accident and will be unable to return to work for quite some time. He needs time to recover without worry. Let’s see what we can do to help him.”
Liability In New York City Assaults At Chase Bank
Violent crimes in New York City have been on a downward trend. According to a report issued by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, shootings and murders are down 20 – 23% compared to the same time last year. But assaults and attacks still take place. There are a number of steps that individuals can take in order to help keep themselves safe.
- Citizens can get together to set up a neighborhood watch or community patrol.
- Stick to areas that are well-lit.
- There is safety in numbers. People are much less likely to be assaulted when they are in a group.
- Avoid traveling through secluded locations.
When a criminal assaults someone they can be held accountable through a number of ways. Of course, criminal courts can hold them accountable through the penal system. A civil claim can also be brought against the assailant for any crime. However, the majority of criminals do not have substantial assets that can be used to aid their victims. Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability for an assault may extend beyond the person who commits a crime.
Property owners in Manhattan have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes taking steps to prevent guests on a property from being assaulted. Businesses must take reasonable actions to protect their customers from criminal activity. Failure to do so may amount to negligence. There are four broad elements that must be demonstrated under a civil case that alleges “negligent security.”
- Injury: In order for a premises liability case to be successful a plaintiff must have actually been injured. Being robbed or harmed financially typically is not sufficient. But if a plaintiff was stabbed, shot or otherwise assaulted and required medical care this would be sufficient for a civil claim.
- Duty of Care: A bank or other business where an assault took place must have owed the plaintiff a legal duty of care. Property owners have a duty of care towards anyone who has explicit or implicit permission to be on their property. This will include customers and licensees.
- Foreseeability: A plaintiff must also show that the attack which injured them was reasonably foreseeable. In the eyes of the law, crimes in NYC become more foreseeable when there is a pattern of substantially similar criminal activity in the same area.
- Negligence: After a plaintiff has shown that an attack was reasonably foreseeable, they must demonstrate that a property owner was negligent in addressing those security concerns.
There are a number of ways a property owner could be negligent in taking measures to protect people on their premises. A lack of security guards can make a business more dangerous than it needs to be. Whether or not a business will need security depends on a number of unique factors including the nature of the business and criminal activity in the area. Bingo halls at retirement homes in gated communities in safe neighborhoods typically won’t need security guards. Banks that can be robbed or nightclubs where guests are intoxicated may need security guards. Other elements that might point to inadequate security could include:
- Broken locks
- A lack of security cameras
- A lack of security alarms
- Damaged doors that allow a suspect into a property
Victims of assaults often suffer very traumatic and costly injuries. For example, a traumatic brain injury can cost anywhere from $85,000 – $3,000,000 in medical expenses. Even when the victim of an assault is able to heal physically they are often left with long term and life-changing psychological trauma. Many survivors will experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition where a person can experience numerous symptoms after they’ve been through some form of trauma. Symptoms of PTSD may include recurring nightmares, flashbacks, body aches and insomnia.
Any person that is injured in an assault at a business may be able to seek justice through a premises liability claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after an incident. Banks and other businesses will often fight extremely hard to deny any responsibility for an assault that takes place on their property. The smart and prudent thing to do after an incident is to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating The Chase Bank Attack That Injured Miguel Solorzano
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek extend our best wishes to Miguel Solorzano as he continues to recover. This was a totally senseless attack and there needs to be some accountability. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. As personal injury attorneys that specialize in helping assault victims we remain concerned by the sharp uptick of violent crimes in NYC.
There are a number of questions that need to be addressed. Was there any security at this location? How was the assailant able to just walk in with a hatchet? It is our sincere hope that measures will be considered to prevent similar attacks. No one should ever feel unsafe walking into their own bank so that they can provide for their family.