NYC woman sues landlord after stranger sexually assaults her in apartment
20th March 2021

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A Manhattan woman is suing her landlord for negligence — after a man allegedly broke into her Chelsea apartment and sexually assaulted her, according to new court papers.

The plaintiff says that on Oct. 9 and 10, 2018, Mohamed Qatabi entered her West 14th Street apartment, where he allegedly battered, beat, threatened and sexually assaulted her, the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit claims.

The woman says building owners Robert, Olga and Marilyn Tawil of Brooklyn were negligent in allowing Qatabi to enter the building and in failing to provide adequate security there, the court documents say.

“Defendants failed to perform their duties to exercise reasonable care to maintain the aforesaid building in a safe condition and to take reasonable precautions to protect the residents, including plaintiff, from foreseeable acts of a third persons,” the suit charges.

Qatabi was arrested in the case Jan. 14, 2019, and charged with rape, burglary and sex abuse. The criminal case is still pending, according to court records.

He pleaded not guilty, and he is being held on $1 million bail, according to Department of Correction records.

Qatabi’s lawyer, David Turchi, declined to comment.

Robert and Marilyn did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Olga could not immediately be reached.

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