MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE (3/11/19) The motel has been allowed to reopen under several conditions from the Shelby County DA's office.
A Memphis hotel has just been closed and declared a public nuisance by police.
The Governor’s Inn in the 2400 block of Mt. Moriah Road was declared a public nuisance by Memphis police after a lengthy history of criminal activity at the hotel.
There was a large police presence at the hotel Friday morning, as police cleared out the building to carry out the declaration.
“I am glad they are shutting down,” said Maurice Hurt, who used to work as a security guard there.
He said he is not surprised its closed.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on down there and the owners are aware of it and they do nothing about it,” said Hurt.
From November 2016 to September 2018, Memphis police responded to the motel 338 times and took 61 police reports.
Some of the incidents reported involved robberies, rape, prostitution, aggravated assaults, drug sales/possession, drug overdose deaths, armed parties, suspicious persons, and multiple complaints of theft.
In 2017, a Memphis man was shot and killed inside the hotel. Two people were arrested, but later released due to lack of prosecution.
The victim's family is still searching for answers in that cold case two years later.
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During the period between March 2017 and September 2018, MPD said officers arrested approximately 20 people involved in criminal activity on or near the property.
At least eight of those people had active warrants for their arrest.
On Jan. 24, 2019, police concluded their investigation into the property and submitted their findings to the Shelby County Attorney General’s Office. Officials then declared the hotel to be a public nuisance.
Police said the property owner and manager will be “temporarily restrained from conducting business” at the hotel pending a court hearing on Feb. 19.
This is the second time the Governor’s Inn has been closed under similar circumstances, according to investigators.
In May 2014, the attorney general’s office, MPD, and the West Tennessee Violent Crime & Drug Task Force shut down the hotel due to “complaints of robberies, drug sells, aggravated assaults, and thefts.”
“It’s good they shutting it down. It's good it's shutting down, maybe they’ll clean it up. Doubt it but maybe they will,” said Burt.
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