MPD shuts down two crime-ridden hotels - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD shuts down two crime-ridden hotels

(WMC-TV) -Two Memphis motels are shut down after a Memphis police investigation revealed a shocking number of crimes.

In an investigation lasting more than a year the Memphis Police made at least 407 arrests between two Lamar Avenue hotels.

As a result of numerous complaints regarding narcotics use and prostitution both on the premises and in the immediate area of the Budget Inn and the Crown Inn, both on Lamar Avenue, MPD began a rigorous nuisance investigation into the businesses.

According to a Memphis Police spokesperson, the dual investigations began in May of 2011 and concluded in January of 2013.

In a 14 month span from May of 2011 to August of 2012, uniform patrol officers had responded to the Budget Inn a total of 97 times for crimes ranging from aggravated assaults, thefts and criminal trespass to prostitution.

Within that same time frame officers responded to the Crown Inn a total of 84 times for crimes ranging from forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault to narcotics, prostitution and burglary.

During the 20 month investigation, OCU mounted 51 human trafficking operations targeting prostitutes at or in the immediate area of both hotels resulting in 407 arrests and the seizure of 303 vehicles.

In January of 2013, MPD's Organized Crime Unit had collected enough evidence to conclude their investigations into both businesses.

This information was presented to the District Attorney's Office in which the findings were presented in Division 14 of General Sessions Court.

Temporary Injunction/Restraining orders for both 4030 Lamar, Budget Inn, and 4046 Lamar, Crown Inn, were granted based on sufficient evidence which constituted a Public Nuisance as a result of the numerous incidents of criminal activity which have taken place at these locations.

The hotels' attorneys will have to set up a court date for the hearing.

Until that time they cannot rent out any more rooms, but if someone has a room rented they will be allowed to stay until their departure date.

There will be more on this story during Action News 5 at 10 p.m.

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