Gas station attack victim decides to sue

Published: Oct. 9, 2015 at 10:46 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 at 10:29 PM CDT
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(Source: BP Surveillance)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The man attacked by high school students at a Memphis gas station is now suing.

Orrden Williams said he decided to walk a woman to her car in April.

The woman was afraid to walk alone, because of the large group of unruly teenagers outside the gas station.

Williams said he decided to walk her to her car, but when he did, the teens attacked him.

Williams' attorneys said the gas station worker actually held the door shut while Williams tried to get back inside.

They also said the gas station owner and BP should provide more security at the gas station to prevent attacks like this from happening.

Williams told WMC Action News 5 in April, shortly after he was attacked, he suffered injuries to his back, head, and upper body. Now, he has filed a lawsuit against BP.

"Quite honestly, it's something that the BP station should have done for this lady, but because they didn't do that, Mr. Williams stepped up," said Orrden Williams' attorney Joe Sibley.

When Williams stepped up to walk the woman to her car, he said he was attacked.

"I put my arm around her and told her it'll be okay and walked her out the store," said Williams.

The lawsuit says "Despite this pattern of conduct, neither One Stop (the Franchise), nor BP made any attempt to contact police, provide security, or otherwise create a safe environment for customers."

Sibley said the store did not offer assistance to the woman or Williams.

"Mr. Williams stepped up and instead of giving him safe harbor while he was attacked by this mob, they slammed the door in his face," said Sibley.

According to Sibley, the attack has taken a toll on Williams' life and his entire family.

"His son is now afraid to be around groups of African American men, and that's tragic," said Sibley.

Though police have arrested several of these teens, Williams said that's not enough.

"This was a terrorist act. This is a civilized society. We have no place for this," said Williams.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to BP corporate for a comment on Friday but our calls were not returned.

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