Indianapolis files nuisance suits against two apartment complexes, two hotels
The city has filed public nuisance charges against four Indianapolis properties for repeated violent crimes.
Officials say Town and Terrance Condominiums, Oak Tree Apartments, King's Inn and Best Inn have accounted for more than 3,300 police runs and nearly 500 code and health violations since 2009.
Crimes at the properties include rape, assault, arson and armed robbery.
The city is demanding that each location add security cameras, maintain asthetics of the property and hire private security. It's also seeking financial restitution for damage.
An attorney for the King's Inn says his client has not received a copy of the complaint and "vehemently denies any allegation" that "it has an inability to operate responsible business and that its property has been a magnet for criminal activity."
"My client maintains its innocence as for any assertion that it has created a public nuisance. Moreover, there has been an ongoing investigation as to whether any code violations have occurred. We are disappointed that the City Prosecutor has elected to file suit and take this matter to the media while my client has made many efforts to sit down and discuss the matter in the City Prosecutor's office," said Finis Tatum IV.
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"It is clear these property owners have an inability to operate responsible businesses as their properties have become a magnet for criminal activity," said City Prosecutor Samantha DeWester. "Through combined efforts with DCE Nuisance Abatement, we will hold these property owners accountable for creating a public nuisance."
DCE's Nuisance Abatement section partners closely with office of the City Prosecutor to protect the quality of life for neighborhoods by taking action against problem property owners. Nuisance Abatement is responsible for identifying nuisance properties through data gathering, multi-agency meetings, and organizing multi-agency sweeps.
Over the past several months, partnerships between DCE, the Office of the City Prosecutor, and multiple city agencies have seen two apartment complexes brought to trial, while combating prostitution and human trafficking through a successful undercover escort and massage therapist sting. Most recently, DCE's multi-agency partnerships carried out the largest hotel sweep ever conducted in Indianapolis, resulting in over 165 violations and two arrests.