REDDING, Calif. — The Shasta County District Attorney's Office has filed a civil prosecution lawsuit against the Market Street Manor in Redding and its owners.
The DA's Office said the lawsuit was filed to curb rampant criminal, drug, prostitution, and nuisance activity taking place at the motel.
Through their company Earl Freddy Invest C LLC, Desmond and Chandler Gumbs purchased the Market Street Manor on April 28, 2017.
Officials say since their purchase, law enforcement describes the motel as a place of excessive criminal activity where they are regularly finding people under the influence of controlled substances, prostitution-type activity, narcotic sales, and violent crimes and crime statistics support the officer's accounts.
From March 14, 2018 to October 8, 2018, a 208 day period, the Market Street Manor accounted for 124 instances of law enforcement activity, according to the DA's Office.
Officials said prior to the Gumbs' ownership and during the same time period in 2016, the motel only accounted for 56 instances, meaning the Gumbs's ownership practices caused a 121 percent increase.
Investigators said the motel also has deplorable living conditions, with some rooms having an infestation of rats, mice, and bedbugs.
Other than civil penalties and an order for the owners to take measures to improve the conditions at the property, the lawsuit also seeks an order to require the owners to live at the motel until the nuisance activity is significantly decreased.
"The Market Street Manor has become a hub of crime and violence in our community and it is a public nuisance," said District Attorney Stephanie A Bridgett.
"I cannot permit this business to continue violating the law without consequences. The owners' practices put a strain on law enforcement and adversely affects nearby businesses. By holding the owners responsible, my office hopes that this action can change the way the motel is operated," added Bridgett.