A woman has filed a personal injury suit against a liquor store over an alleged robbery that took place while she was shopping at the store.

According to the suit filed in Missouri’s St. Clair County Circuit Court on March 9 by Thisha Mayes, she was assaulted and robbed as she was leaving Rainbow Liquor Mart in East St. Louis, Missouri on August 6, 2007.

Mayes claims that several violent crimes took place at the store before the incident in which she became a victim. She says that means that the store and its owner, Carl E. Hall, should have been aware of the possibility of someone endangering customers, but took no action to protect customers.

The suit said that Rainbow Liquor Mart knew of the presence of the robber, Raphel Wright, in sufficient time to prevent him from assaulting Mayes.

Mayes claims that she suffered sprains and strains of the soft and supportive tissue of her neck and related trauma that required her to undergo an interior cervical discectomy and fusion.

Mayes also claims her injuries caused permanent impairment of the strength, mobility, and weight bearing properties and ranges of motion of her neck and upper back. She also claims to have experienced pain and emotional and psychological injuries and incurred medical costs. She also claims a diminished earning capacity, enjoyment of life, and ability to engage in recreational activities.

Mayes seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

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