ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A crime-ridden motel and RV park on East Central Avenue in Albuquerque is a constant source of problems for the police and fire departments and may soon be shut down.
"We've spoken to (the owner) numerous times already about him having a private security," said Joe Martinez, director of the Safe City Strike Force. "The city of Albuquerque (and) the Albuquerque Police Department (are) not his private, personal security company."
Martinez and his crew visited the Mountain View Inn and RV Park, 12999 Central Ave., near Tramway Road, both last week and in December. He says they documented structural problems, including rotten support posts, electrical problems and missing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
"Whenever you see that guy (Martinez), usually a house is coming down (or) they're closing something," said one man who works in the area, who requested anonymity. "I'm like, ‘Yes! They're closing that place down.' "
However, it is not those kind of violations that cause heartburn for people who work in the area.
"You have prostitutes, you have drug dealers, you have drug users," the man said. "That might as well say it's a crack house over there."
Another woman who works in the area and didn't want to be publicly identified said the people who frequent the motel scare her.
"You're just afraid of these people," she said. "They're drunk and drugged up half the time."
According to city statistics, since the new owners took over the property a year and a half ago, police have been called to the property 360 times and the fire department has been there 75 times.
Statistics also show that police officers have responded to stabbings, shots fired, armed robberies, drugs and numerous fights. The SWAT team has been there multiple times as well. The fire department has responded to medical calls, hazardous materials calls and false alarms.
"It's scary, you know," said the woman who works in the area. "You're sitting there watching all these SWAT officers with guns. We're on lockdown."
A maintenance man at the motel said they don't always charge people the $45 a night room fee.
"We'll trade pot for rooms," he said.
Vick Patel, one of the owners, admitted to KRQE News 13 that it's difficult to manage the property. He said he's doing his best and wanted the city to give him more time to get it under control.
"I know the police have been here more than they should be," Patel said.
Martinez didn't shut the motel down last week, but said he'll definitely be back to visit soon.
"It's in dire need of attention," Martinez said.
The owners also owe about $40,000 in back property taxes, according to online Bernalillo County property records.
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