Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has sued the owners of a northwest Harris County motel that has been the site of numerous crimes, including a murder.
The lawsuit claims that Champions Lodge at 4726 FM 1960 West is a public nuisance that harbors regular criminal activity, including sexual assault, prostitution, robberies and drug offenses. The suit says that the owner, 3S Investments LLC, has knowingly tolerated this activity for years.
More than 350 calls for service were made from Champions Lodge to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in the past two years. The hotel is located behind a family-style restaurant. Residents and customers complain that they are frequently followed to their cars, where people solicit money or prostitution. Recently a motel guest was charged with murder after witnesses saw him dragging a body out of the motel.
“It’s bad enough that we have crime at this hotel,” said County Attorney Ryan, “but when it spills over into the community, that’s simply unacceptable and we have to act.”
Since the owner has refused to take action, the lawsuit asks the court for a temporary injunction to require the owner to abate the crime that’s causing the nuisance and to post a bond to ensure that happens. If the order is violated, the County Attorney is asking that the owner by fined and that the building’s certificate of occupancy be pulled, utility service discontinued and the use of public streets be prohibited for access to the hotel.
A permanent injunction is also being sought that would close Champions Lodge for one year.
“Nuisances cannot be allowed to bring crime into our community,” said County Attorney Ryan.