ShasCo DA files lawsuit against Redding motel and owners
REDDING — After noting a dramatic increase in crime over the last year, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office has filed a civil prosecution lawsuit against Redding’s Market Street Manor and its owners. The lawsuit was filed after countless complaints from area residents and law enforcement officers that alleged all manner of criminal activity happening at the motel, located at 2171 Market St.
Ongoing investigations into the motel and its owners’ business practices by Redding Police Department’s Neighborhood Police Unit and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations have uncovered multiple cases of “deplorable living conditions, with certain rooms having an infestation of rats, mice, and bedbugs,” according to DA officials, who said today their goal is to “curb rampant criminal, drug, prostitution, and nuisance activity occurring at the motel.”
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Today’s announcement comes in the wake of a reported 121% increase in crime at the motel since its new owners, Desmond and Chandler Gumbs, through their company Earl Freddy Invest C LLC, purchased the motel in late April, 2017.
“Since their purchase, law enforcement officials have described the motel as a place of excessive crime activity, where they regularly find individuals under the influence of controlled substances, prostitution-type activity, narcotic sales, and violent crimes,” District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridgett said this morning in a social media release.
Crime statistics cited by Bridgette support the officers’ accounts and indicated that from March 14 to October 8 of this year – a 208 day period – the Market Street Manor accounted for 124 instances of law enforcement activity.
Prior to Gumbs’ ownership of the motel and during the same time period in 2016, the location accounted for just 56 instances, according to Bridgette, indicating the Gumbs’ ownership practices caused the dramatic increase in crime at the business.
In addition to civil penalties and an order for the owners to take immediate measures to improve living conditions at their property, the lawsuit also seeks an order to require the owners to reside at the motel full-time “until the nuisance activity is significantly abated,” according to Bridgette.
“The Market Street Manor has become a hub of crime and violence in our community, and it is a public nuisance,” Bridgett said of the lawsuit. “I cannot permit this business to continue violating the law without consequence.”
“The owners’ practices put a strain on law enforcement and adversely affects nearby businesses,” the District Attorney continued. “By holding the owners responsible, my office hopes that this action can change the way the motel is operated.”
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.
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