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Woman wins $6.6 million payout from parking garage after being raped on their premises

By Mason White 5:25 PM August 13, 2015
Kira Wahlstrom and Juan Ruben Rivera 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A woman sued a parking garage in Massachusetts, and won $6.6 million.

Kira Wahlstrom sued the parking garage owners because they did not warn people of an attack that was committed days earlier by the same man.

Wahlstrom was the second woman who was brutally attacked by the rapist, who was identified as Juan Ruben Rivera, in a period of 12 days inside the parking garage that is attached to the Radisson hotel in Boston.

Wahlstrom said that the owners of the lot did not inform her of the first attack and also failed to strengthen the security to prevent Rivera from attacking again.

The courageous mother of two children waived her right to anonymity to discuss the attack in order to raise awareness about the problem of security in the city.

Surveillance footage seen in court showed Wahlstrom entering the same elevator as her rapist, minutes before the sexual assault.

After exiting the elevator on the floor where her car was parked, Wahlstrom said that Rivera dragged her to a stairwell, where she was beaten and raped.

Rivera was arrested, charged and convicted of the rape. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

While the Suffolk County jury ruled that LAZ Parking was not responsible for the rape, they did agree that Wahlstrom’s rape could have been prevented if they had taken the first sex assault more seriously.