Baltimore police are seeking to padlock a city motel deemed to be a public nuisance, officials said.
Police have asked the owners of the Executive Inn, in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway in East Baltimore, to attend a hearing at police headquarters to address "repeated crimes of violence taking place at the business," according to a news release.
In 2008, police made at least 16 drug-related arrests and responded to more than 30 calls about violent crimes there. A 35-year-old man was found dead in a room at the motel in May 2007.
"The Executive Inn has been, and continues to be, a haven for illegal drug activity and prostitution," Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said in a statement. "Such activity has resulted in numerous crimes of violence impacting the quality of life for neighboring residents, and that simply will not be tolerated in Baltimore."
Last year, police padlocked a liquor store on North Avenue whose owners said that the area was overrun with drug dealers and that their calls to 911 were used against them to justify shutting the business down. But police said the owner had failed to take key steps to curb the violence. A judge upheld the decision last month.
An attorney for the motel, which state records show is owned by a company called Sayona Corp., said he did not have sufficient information to comment.