According to the lawsuit, officials at Arrive Perimeter failed to alert residents or increase security measures after being made aware that criminal activity had increased at and around the complex.
<p>Roy McClendon-Thompson </p> <p>High school teacher accused of killing man in Dunwoody dies in car crash </p>
Credit: WSB-TV WSB-TV
Credit: WSB-TV WSB-TV
“Those responsible for protecting residents and maintaining a safe environment entirely failed to do so, resulting in James Curtis Jones’ tragic and untimely death,” attorneys John Morgan and Nigel Phiri, representing Wilson, said in a statement. “Despite knowing that there had been an increase in criminal activity in and around the apartment complex, we allege the defendants negligently failed to provide adequate security for their tenants, including failing to vet visitors entering the property. We believe this tragedy was preventable if the property implemented and followed necessary policies and protocols to ensure a safe environment at the Arrive Perimeter Apartments.”
A person who answered the phone at Arrive Perimeter declined to comment on the lawsuit. Complex management did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Roy McClendon-Thompson, a teacher at McNair High School, was a suspect in a fatal shooting Monday, April 9, 2019. McClendon-Thompson fled from officers and drove to Clayton County, where he crashed head-on into a commercial vehicle on Bouldercrest Road, police said. McClendon-Thompson died at the scene of the crash. He was 43. (WSB-TV)
Police said McClendon-Thompson, who was married, began dating Jones after meeting him online. But in the weeks leading up to the fatal shooting, McClendon-Thompson had learned Jones was cheating on him, police said.
Two days before he was killed, Jones told a Dunwoody officer that McClendon-Thompson had threatened him, and the men were told to end communication. But Jones allegedly still emailed McClendon-Thompson, although Jones declined to show the emails to police.
Investigators quickly identified 42-year-old McClendon-Thompson as the suspect after Jones was found dead around 5:20 a.m., police said. He had been shot in the chest.
Hours later, McClendon-Thompson led police on a high-speed chase from his Ellenwood home through Clayton County, where he died after a head-on collision with another vehicle.
Roy McClendon-Thompson was a popular teacher at McNair High School.