• Watson Realty improving security after rape, kidnapping of realtor

    By: Lorena Inclan, Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Watson Realty sales associate is recovering after surviving a brutal attack Sunday.

    According to police, 41-year-old Brian Fogarty sexually assaulted her at knifepoint, forced her into her own car, drove to her home, kidnapped her husband and two children and forced them to withdraw money from an ATM.

    Police say it’s just one of several crimes Fogarty is accused of committing in a span of three days. Fogarty was arrested in Jacksonville Tuesday night.

    What happened is still on everyone’s mind at Watson Realty, including company president Ed Forman.

    “If you hurt one of us, you’ve hurt all of us,” said Forman.

    Forman held a conference call Thursday with his leadership team, including the company’s founder, to discuss improved safety measures.

    Forman got emotional while recalling what he heard during the call.

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    “Love, caring, concern and fear,” said Forman.

    Since the attack, the company, which employs more than 1,700 people, has hired an outside expert to inspect all of their offices and to analyze the layouts to come up with a safety plan.

    “This hit home big time, and I would encourage everyone, citizens, businesses, everyone to stop now and analyze,” said Forman.

    There are some changes Forman isn’t discussing in order to keep them secret from those looking to do harm.

    But he said they’re already taking steps to re-train employees.

    “We’re looking at education, we’re looking at just everything from top to bottom,” said Forman.

    According to Forman, in his 43-year career in real estate, he’s never had to handle something like this. He said everyone is coming together to help their fellow coworker as best they can.

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