Lawsuit filed against Red Carpet Inn in Sharpstown

Harris Co. Attorney says it's a hot spot for prostitution, illegal drug transactions, and robberies

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HOUSTON - A lawsuit has been filed against a Sharpstown motel that the Harris County Attorney's Office says has become a hot spot for prostitution, illegal drug transactions, and robberies.

Harris Co. Attorney Vince Ryan and the Sharpstown Management District filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the Red Carpet Inn.

The inn is located in the 6800 block of Hornwood drive, which is within a block from the motel that burned down in May killing four Houston firefighters.

Police reported more than 1,000 calls for services at the Red Carpet Inn in the past two years, 80 of which involved violent crimes and narcotics offenses.

"The Red Carpet Inn is a haven for drugs and prostitution, one of the worst in the entire state," said Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan.  " I am especially concerned about this facility because Hornwood Drive is the home of several hospitals, medical offices, and social service centers, many of which have been plagued by the criminal activity emanating from the Red Carpet Inn."

Ryan is asking the court for an order to require the owners of the motel, GWJ Enterprises, Inc., to take a number of steps to control crime, including restricting the parking lot to guests, installing cameras and lighting, requiring sign-in procedures for all guests, and to eliminate all hourly rates, condom machines and XXX video links.

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