City Sues Far East Dallas Convenience Store, Calling It a Den for Drugs and Violence

The City of Dallas has sued the owner of a Texaco station and convenience store in Far East Dallas, calling the property a hub for drug use and violent crime.The city says the location, in the 11700 block of Ferguson Road near LBJ Freeway, is a "common nuisance" in the lawsuit filed Monday and asks a judge to remedy the situation after the property owner failed to do so.The company that owns the property, Bajrangbali786 LLC, "knowingly tolerates the habitual criminal activity, has failed to make reasonable attempts to abate the activity, and continues to maintain the Property as common nuisance," the lawsuit claims.Asking for temporary and permanent injunctive relief, the city cites 36 crimes at the property from July 2017 to July 2018, including multiple aggravated robberies and aggravated assaults and more than a dozen drug crimes. Bajrangbali786 bought the property in 2018, and police informed the company that August about the crime at that location, the lawsuit says.In February, a shooting at the convenience store left one person dead and another with critical injuries.The lawsuit comes a week after the city completed a similar nuisance case against a South Dallas car wash where an employee died in a shooting in early June. Jim's Car Wash closed before its Friday deadline from a city board after city attorneys secured a temporary injunction against the car wash in June, forcing it to hire additional security or shutter.That lengthy legal battle began with the city calling the car wash on MLK Boulevard a public nuisance, and doubling down on efforts to close the business after the June shooting.  Continue reading...

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