Harris County Attorney Sues Sharpstown Hotel Over Drugs, Prostitution, Violence
The apparently famous "Track" outside
Courtesy Harris County Attorneys Office
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, in conjunction with the Sharpstown Management District, filed suit against the Plainfield Inn off Interstate 59 and Bissonnet on Wednesday. The hotel is known around the country -- it must be because they mentioned that TWICE in the press release -- for its prostitutes who walk "The Track," an area in front of the hotel where they pick up customers.
In addition, Houston Police have responded to more than 400 calls at the motel. Beyond solicitation, the calls included arrests for a variety of violent offenses, robbery and narcotics.
We couldn't find any references to this famous "Track" on Google, which is surprising because, according to a description online, Plainfield Inn does offer free Wi-Fi. But there were reviews around the Web referencing pimps and prostitutes near the hotel, which, in photos, has a lovely pool.
Part of a review from a guest on Hotels.com read, "There was hookers on the street in front of the hotel and in the service area. The security guard was a complete idiot. He was talking to their pimp I believe while sitting on top of a car hood."
A user on Google had a similar tale:
I've stayed here approximately 15 times, because it is around the corner from our other office. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It is a known prostitution site, you will be woken up at 4 am by strung out hookers screaming at each other. I've stopped staying there, the only reason I did was because I used to get .5 Rapid Rewards credits per stay on Southwest Airlines through Wyndham Rewards, but Wyndham Hotels is a hassle, and Southwest Changed their program format, and I didn't receive credit for 9 stays, during which I was registered for a double credit promotion. So I got stiffed for a free ticket basically. If you don't believe me, drive by the site and you'll see the hookers walking around the property day and night. I've been propositioned several times when staying there, and wouldn't leave any valuables in my car. It's that bad. Room 203 is the one with the hookers next to it (they are in several), and the rooms in front are generally quieter. The cost is $50.30 per night, so for $10 more, stay at a better hotel a few miles down the road. Seriously, it's that bad.
Well, as long as you get Rapid Rewards?
Ryan is asking for a court order to force the motel owners to hire uniformed officers to patrol the motel, limit entrance to parking, install surveillance cameras, eliminate hourly room rentals (they still have those?) and get rid of condom machines (aw, even regular folk need them from time to time!). He also wants them to limit the length of stays and establish check-in procedures as well as post a sign out with a number for victims of human trafficking. According to police, some of the prostitutes in the area are minors.
This lawsuit is part of a greater program designed to shut down or place injunctions on businesses with criminal ties. They have managed to close three after-hours clubs and file injunctions against several other establishments including a condominium complex and convenience stores. There is even a trial later this month against members of the "Crips" and "Bloods" street gangs. What the hell?
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