Saturday, July 02, 2005

Don't Get Shot or Your Landlord Might Evict You

An ex-Marine and ex-police officer is being evicted from her apartment after surviving six gunshot wounds and a jump from her second-story balcony to escape the man trying to kill her.

Her landlord says she was too loud while being attacked!

Dorothea Thomas was attacked last Friday. She got out of the hospital on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she found a notice on her front door, ordering her to leave.

The former Marine and police officer was served with an eviction notice for, among other things, being too loud.

Thomas is outraged. In her words, "I was not doing the violence. I was the victim. I shouldn't be treated like the perpetrator."

Peggy Piche, district manager of United Dominion Residential Community, said the owners "truly regret the difficulty she has been through," but they feel "it is in the best interests of everyone involved that she no longer resides at our property."

According to The Daily News, the eviction notice said Thomas had violated her lease agreement because she was attacked on the apartment grounds.
She has lived in the apartment since 1996.

"In this case the victim was attacked by someone with whom she had an ongoing relationship and had invited onto our property," Piche said in a press release. "While we empathize with her situation, her guest's actions were not only a breach of her lease, but more importantly, they endangered the lives of every other innocent person in the area."

The apartment manager reportedly told Thomas that she needs to pay her rent until she moves out in a few weeks, and that she could get out of her lease without losing her security deposit.

"She was talking to me like she was doing me a favor for not penalizing me for breaking the lease," Thomas told the Daily News. "I told her that I wasn't the one trying to break the lease."

Thomas was shot in the chest, right breast, right palm, right forearm, thigh and buttocks. Two bullets remain inside her. Her left foot was also broken when she jumped off the balcony.

An ex-boyfriend, Tyrone Burks, has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, felony speeding to elude arrest and speeding 115 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to the paper.

Thomas lives in the three-bedroom apartment with her 3-year-old son and 18-year-old niece.

The Jacksonville, North Carolina apartment complex says, on its web page, "We wouldn't want you to come live with us without getting to know us." Now you know them. Want to live there?