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Police, City Inspectors Crack Down On South Minneapolis Motels

Owners of the nearby motels are struggling with unruly guests.

After a faked bomb threat and one of the stranger muggings Southwest Minneapolis has likely ever seen, City of Minneapolis officials are trying to ratchet up pressure on the owners of the Aqua City and Metro Inn motels located just over the Richfield/Minneapolis border.

According to the Southwest Journal, the Minneapolis health inspectors, police officers, and officials with the state fire marshal's office made an unannounced snap inspection of both establishments and are working on other efforts in tandem with the Windom Neighborhood Council to get the businesses to shape up.

Inspectors discovered many code violations at the motels, and the Journal reports that they are considering drawing up new license agreements with both businesses to include new conditions. Such agreements are typically used to force a businesses to fix code violations or clean up its act.

Windom residents complain that both motels are a frequent source of trouble, including occasional drug deals. Patch has reported on at least three dramatic incidents at each motel this year:

  • In February, an Aqua City Motel resident bit her cousin and smashed up windows during a domestic dispute.
  • In July, an Aqua City resident made a fake bomb threat, prompting a large police response. 
  • In August, a woman denied a room at the Metro Inn stole a Windom resident's car after beating the driver with a high-heeled shoe.

The neighborhood and motel owners are working together to address a recent rise in community complaints.

MAV November 15, 2012 at 05:29 AM
When is someone going to bring up the motel 6 in Richfield? There is not 1 police blotter without a motel 6 mention! Drugs, domestic assaults, prostitution and more just adjacent to a public park? Am i the first to notice?
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Honestly. I was thinking of that when I posted this story. Next week, I'll see if the police have anything in motion over there.
Don EIlts November 17, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Catlin and MAV Allow myself to introduce myself I am Don Eilts General Manager of the Motel 6 and active member of the community since March 2006 I would like to invite you both and any other member of the community for a cup of coffee and perhaps a visit of our respectful establishment that works very hard providing secure, safe and clean establishment for our guests, employees and community.
Don EIlts November 17, 2012 at 06:11 AM
I forgot to mention that Motel 6 is currently collecting Teddy Bears in our annual Teddy Bear Drive where you can drop off a new or gently used plush animal that will be donated to local hospital, fire and police agencies that they can distribute to ease children during difficult times. Our collection will continue until Dec 15, 21012 We look forward to any community donations.
Tony Zimmerman January 22, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Very Austin Powers of you Don. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67E42LQsU24

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