J. Isabel Vasquez
Photo: DeKalb jail
Photo: DeKalb jail

Family sues apartments after DeKalb girl, 11, is kidnapped and raped

Lax security and maintenance at a Brookhaven apartment complex allowed an 11-year-old girl to be kidnapped and raped, her family alleges in a lawsuit.
J. Isabel Vasquez, 41, who is now in state prison, kidnapped the girl at gunpoint at Park Villa apartments off Buford Highway on Aug. 15, 2015, according to the suit. He took her to a unit in the squalid G building and raped her as she screamed, the filing said.

The lawsuit, filed in DeKalb County State Court last week, alleges the G building was an area people often used to drink, smoke and have sex, as evidenced by the condoms strewn on the ground.

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The parents are identified only as John and Jane Doe in the suit, to protect the victim’s identity. 

They claim that if the building had been better maintained and monitored, “J. Isabel Vazquez would not have had any other place on the premises accessible to him by which to kidnap, rape and molest Plaintiff Janie Doe.”

Vasquez was convicted this year.

The defendants are JPMCC 2002-C1 Burton Plaza; Strategic Management Partners; 2095 Atlanta Apartments; and LNR Partners. Efforts to reach them for comment weren’t successful.

The suit asks for a jury to determine what the family is owed.

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The break happened near the intersection of Flat Shoals Parkway and Snapfinger Road in Lithonia.

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