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Alcoa motels shut down because of criminal activity

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More than two dozen people were told to vacate two Alcoa motels Thursday after police raided the buildings.

"They told me they were fixing to shut the place down by court order and that I had to be out of here by 5 o'clock," said occupant Robert Banfill.

According to the Alcoa Police, a Petition of Abatement of Nuisance was filed against the Days Inn and Budget Inn Royal Extended Stay, adjacent to each other off the Alcoa Highway.

"We filed an abatement nuisance with the Circuit Court in Blount County, Judge (David R.) Duggan signed it and we had to drive to Nashville to serve it on one of the owners," said acting police chief Phillip Dunn.

Acting chief Dunn said for years, they've contacted the company about drug paraphernalia, reported rapes, even two bodies on the property.

In a five-year span, the department responded to more than 700 emergency calls at those two motels, leading to 159 arrests.

The property is owned by Mani Associates of Hermitage, Tennessee, with the sole general partners being the property managers Jagubhai V. Patel and Bhagu V. Hira.

"In my 28 years here, this is the first business that we filed this kind of paperwork on," Dunn added.

Meanwhile, with a few shopping bags as luggage, Banfill found a different motel.

"We got the money back on this one. And (my wife) found another room at the Family Value (Inn)," Banfill added.

All the people staying at the Days Inn and Budget Inn were refunded.

This case is expected to be heard in Blount County Circuit Court as early as next week.

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Authorities in Alcoa are working to shut down a motel they claim has been a haven of criminal activity.

The City of Alcoa filed a Petition of Abatement of Nuisance against the Days Inn/Budget Inn Royal Extended Stay located at 2962 Alcoa Highway.

A large police presence can be seen at the property Thursday afternoon.

The property is owned by Mani Associates of Hermitage, Tennessee, with the sole general partners being the property managers Jagubhai V. Patel and Bhagu V. Hira.

According to a press release, the Petition states the hotels are an "establishment where illegal drugs and quarreling, fights and breaches of the peace are rampant among its patrons and visitors, with full knowledge and approval of the owners and managers of the property and hotels."

The city says between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2012, the Alcoa Police Department responded to 755 calls at the hotel, including assaults, disturbances, drugs & alcohol, rapes, and thefts,  Alcoa Police made 159 arrests on the property between 2007 and 2012:

  • 43 reports involving drugs (includes possession and sale)
  • 50 reports for incidents of quarreling, fighting or breaches of the peace
  • 20 reports related to public intoxication or alcohol related offenses and 2 prostitutions.
  • 3 robberies
  • 6 rapes (including 1 forced sodomy)
  • 43 thefts (including 8 thefts involving automobiles in the parking lots)
  • 7 burglaries
  • 5 fraud
  • 10 vandalism
  • 1 child abuse
  • 2 deceased persons
  • 3 attempted suicides
  • 75 outstanding warrants


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