Calling an ambulance is not like ordering a pizza. When a 911 call for EMS service comes in, a delay of minutes or even seconds can make the difference between life or death. As they rolled up to a house, ready to transport a patient to the emergency room, a Republic EMS ambulance crew in Houston was shocked to discover the rear compartment windows were shattered, with glass everywhere inside. The patient could not be taken anywhere because the windows had been shot out. Thankfully, the patient was not seriously injured by the delay while a second ambulance was routed to the scene.
Texas is loaded with lots of political controversy but this was not a random act of vandalism. The terrorist attack was carried out by a rival EMS company.
Mohamad Massoud owns and operates City Ambulance. According to a lawsuit filed by Republic’s lawyers, Massoud personally ordered a private Jihad of ruin including not just windows shot out with firearms, but cut brakes and GPS tracking devices.
Both City Ambulance and Republic EMS provide ambulance services to the cities around Houston and Conroe, Texas. Court documents spell out that City Ambulance, as a corporate entity, is so closely controlled by Massoud that he and the company are virtually one and the same. By paying company bills with personal checks and diverting company profits, Mohamad Massoud made the company liable for his personal actions. The corporation was formed only “for his own personal benefit and to avoid personal liability for any risks or obligations incurred…”
When the big cheese of City Ambulance promised Omar Dar an ownership interest in the company, he commenced running the marketing department. As an independent contractor he toiled for years to build accounts for the service. By February of 2016, Dar had given up hope of ever seeing a piece of the action, so sharpened up his resume and landed a job across town. Several other employees fed up with the working environment followed Omar over to Republic. Soon, customers started moving over as well, noticing the better level of service Republic provides.
In May of 2016, Mohamad Massoud was so enraged his traitorous minions had deserted that he hired a squad of goons to shoot out the windows of a Republic ambulance. A total of nine more shooting attacks across Texas were racked up in a variety of locations by November. In one incident, an ambulance’s brake lines were cut. In the course of fixing the roughly $11,000 in damages, repair technicians discovered the vans had been bugged. Multiple “illegal tracking devices” were found mounted on Republic ambulances, which Massoud used to monitor everywhere the vehicles went. This allowed Massoud to know what customers Republic had contracts with.
City Ambulance used the gathered intelligence to send targeted marketing proposals. They also used the bugs to plan the multiple ambush attacks by selecting ideal locations. Sleuthing by Republic’s lawyers unearthed evidence that the GPS tracking devices had been purchased in the name of Edith Hernandez, wife of City Ambulance director Hadi Mneimneh. Using the remote GPS technology this way is a criminal offense, which has been handed over to police for investigation. The devices are in custody of the Montgomery County Sheriff. In order to protect their workers and the patients in their care, Republic was forced to spend over a hundred thousand dollars on tightened security.
What Massoud and his cohorts conspired to do was not just reckless, “it is malicious and criminal,” especially considering there was an “extreme degree” of risk that someone would be seriously hurt or killed. The hired thugs “proceeded with conscious indifference to the rights, safety and welfare of others” in such a “reprehensible” way that an extra award of “Punitive Damages” is requested. Punitive damages are the civil suit equivalent of a fine to award money specifically as a punishment for extraordinarily bad behavior. By attempting to “frighten, intimidate and harm Republic EMS and its employees” through criminal means, the Defendants actions are considered “terroristic.”
Even employees not directly implicated are liable for damages. “One or more of the Defendants committed the underlying torts complained of herein. The remaining Defendants are jointly and severally liable for assisting because they had knowledge that the primary actor committed a tort.” In the legal system, a “tort” is any wrongdoing or harm. Even though not involved in the “conspiracy” to plan the acts of terrorist vandalism, anyone who was aware these outrageous actions were happening that kept quiet about it is just as guilty.
Attorneys for City Ambulance call the accusations “totally absurd. It sounds like something out of a movie.” Lawyer Robert Pelton says the charges were made up by disgruntled ex-workers out to damage the reputation of their former employer, without saying why they would do that.
City Ambulance is also in legal hot water on an unrelated incident. While transporting a patient, Allyson Trujillo was driving a City Ambulance. She switched on lights and sirens, “but wasn’t paying attention when she ran a red light at an intersection, “causing a severe seven vehicle collision.” Fellow paramedic John Lowe suffered a collapsed lung along with a broken wrist and arm in the crash. The patient died from his injuries which City Ambulance called an “act of God.”