Sharpstown motel sued over alleged drugs and prostitution


Police reported more than a thousand calls for services at the motel 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 County Attorney Ryan. "Police report that prostitutes and drug dealers routinely walk the area of the Red Carpet Inn and loiter in the parking lot and the motel hallways. 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."

The Red Carpet Inn, 6868 Hornwood Drive, is located within a block of the motel that burned last month, leaving four Houston firefighters dead. That motel, the Southwest Inn, also was known for illegal activity and prostitution, according to the county attorney's office.

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.

More than half of the 80 offenses allegedly occurring at the Red Carpet Inn are related to drug dealers and those coming to the Red Carpet Inn to buy and use illegal narcotics. The other offenses reportedly include multiple prostitution cases, including compelling prostitution and human trafficking, and aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, robberies and aggravated robberies.

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