Businesswoman Files Lawsuit, Alleging Rape at Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore – Skokie by Hotel Security Guard

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Premises liability lawsuit filed by the law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. alleges that defendants failed to take reasonable steps to secure the safety of customers and guests.

Tara Devine

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants failed to take reasonable steps to secure the safety of customers and guests.

Attorney Tara Devine of the law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. filed a premise liability lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court today on behalf of Karla Gress, a 49-year-old woman who alleges that she was raped at the Holiday Inn Chicago – Skokie located at 5300 West Touhy Avenue in Skokie, Illinois, by a hotel security guard.

According to the premises liability lawsuit (Case No. 2015L001314), on October 2, 2013, Mrs. Gress, of the Dallas, Texas area and mother of three, was staying at the Holiday Inn Chicago – Skokie, alone on a business trip. Mrs. Gress is a senior application consultant who provides training on software to medical staff, the complaint states.

After finishing up work at a nearby hospital, Mrs. Gress went to the restaurant Bar Louie, located inside the hotel, where she was staying for the week, according to the lawsuit. The hotel’s security guard, Alhagie Singhateh, may have placed a drug in a drink consumed by Mrs. Gress without her consent, the complaint alleges.

The complaint alleges that Alhagie Singhateh, unlawfully and without Mrs. Gress’ consent, entered her hotel room that evening. It was during this time, Alhagie Singhateh raped Mrs. Gress, while he was on the clock, as an employee of the Holiday Inn Chicago – Skokie, the lawsuit alleges.

Within 24 hours, Mrs. Gress reported the rape, and her rape kit came back positive, and the DNA test that was taken afterwards showed that Alhagie Singhateh was a match, the complaint alleges.

The lawsuit alleges that Lakhani Hospitality, Inc., an Illinois corporation doing business as Holiday Inn Chicago – Skokie, Bar Louie - Skokie, the hotel owner, Mansoor Lakhani, the hotel’s director of operations, Sheila Gilani, and the hotel security guard, Alhagie Singhateh, failed to take reasonable steps to secure the safety of customers and guests.

For a copy of the complaint or to ask questions, contact Lindsey Cramer of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. at (312) 372-1227, (312) 447-3945 or e-mail Lcramer(at)salvilaw(dot)com.

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago personal injury firm with offices in Chicago (22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602) and Waukegan (218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085). For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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