LOS ANGELES – The City’s Attorney’s Office is asking a judge to declare the North Hills Motel a public disorder, claiming in a new lawsuit that the business has been “the epicenter of serious crime, including murder,” for decades and is located across the street. from two schools.
A Los Angeles Supreme Court lawsuit was filed Thursday against the Hometown Inn alongside Gerald Wang, 74, and Diana Wan, 69, who bought the motel in 2001 for $ 900,000 and also own other motels in Los Angeles. states. The city’s court documents do not mention the Vangs’ relationship.
“For decades, property has been the epicenter of serious crime, including murder, shootings, kidnapping, violent attacks, drug trafficking, crime involving stolen cars and other illegal activities that endanger the health and safety of the public,” the lawsuit says. …
Sepúlveda High School and Carlos Santana Academy of Arts are located across the street from the 64-room motel, the suit says.
The Vangov-owned Boulevard Sepulveda was the site of ongoing crime, and four people have died there since January 2020, including a murder involving gang members, according to the suit.
Along with the announcement of a violation of public order, the lawsuit contains a request to order Wang to live on the site until the problems disappear. The man who answered the call at the motel said none of the Wangs were present and refused to answer the charges.
Citing a recent example of serious crime at the Hometown Inn, the suit says the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) investigated the car theft allegation on October 24 and found a seated man and his 12-year-old son. inside, the suit says.
When the police approached him, the man got out of the car, ran and pointed a gun at the pursuing police officers, according to the suit. Police opened fire, but the gunman escaped and left his son behind, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit says police found methamphetamine and heroin in the car.
“For years, prosecutors and LAPD officers have approached defendants as part of their ongoing efforts to work with defendants to eliminate inconvenient property activities, to no avail,” the lawsuit said.
In October 2020, LAPD organized a motel management meeting to discuss best practices for fighting crime at local motels and handed an invitation to the Hometown Inn front desk, but no motel was present, the lawsuit said.