LAUREL, Md. – In one section of Laurel, police have responded to more than a thousand calls since January 2016.
Police said, On June 25, police say a 19-year-old was shot outside of Knights Inn on 198. The victim later died of his injuries.
Detectives are still searching for two men who were caught on surveillance video. One of them is believed to be the gunman.
“Typically at least two or three times a week it’s a norm we hear helicopters just continuing to circle, the area,” explained Patricia Hendricks who runs a business in the area.
DCW50 checked with Anne Arundel County Police to see how many times they have been called to the motel-populated section of 198. Records show, since January, officers have been to Knights Inn, Motel 6, Red Crown Inn, and Garden Inn more than 1,100 times in total.
“If that is the case, then the hotels need to hire their own security. If we are having that much crime over there then it is taking up too much of the police department’s time,” said Hendricks.
Some of the motels go for as low as $59 dollars a night.
Nearby homeowners told DCW50 they believe the low prices are making the motels a hub for illegal activity.
“I wish the motels weren’t there,” expressed a woman who’s owned a home in the area since the 1970’s.
She said she is fed up, and at this point, either the motels go, or her family does.
“If we can get maybe a petition or something to get rid of them that would be good.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information on what happened at Knights Inn on June 25 to call Detective Carbonaro at 410-222-4700.