A woman is suing a Baldwin Hills restaurant supply store, alleging poor security in 2020 allowed robbers to take her purse from her car, then drag and injure her while fleeing in their own vehicle as she tried to retrieve the purse.
Melissa Kim’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit was brought Thursday against Restaurant Depot, alleging negligence and premises liability. She seeks unspecified damages.
A Restaurant Depot representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Kim was in the parking lot of the store in the 5400 block of West Jefferson Boulevard on Aug. 6, 2020, and was walking from her car to the front entrance when she became aware that several individuals had smashed the window to her vehicle, then stole her purse, the suit states.
She tried to retrieve the purse and was dragged by the robbers as they left in their vehicle, according to the suit.
Kim believes that other assaults, batteries and robberies had occurred in the same parking lot and that there was inadequate security the day she was victimized, the suit states.
The plaintiff suffered “great mental, physical and nervous pain” and believes she will have some permanent disability, according to the suit.