DENVER — A Days Inn in west Denver was condemned and closed Wednesday following a multi-agency investigation led by the Denver Police Department.
District 1 Commander Paul Pazen says police have had some problems with some specific hotels in the district.
“These are hotels where we see a lot of drug, prostitution and even gang activity and despite our repeated efforts to request additional improvements, they have chosen not to,” he says in a video posted to YouTube. We needed to do something different here instead of the standard police response.
They raided the hotel at 620 Federal Blvd. beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. They made 12 arrests on existing warrants.
“[We] partnered with the city attorney’s office, the Denver fire department, the building inspectors, environmental health, the neighborhood inspection services,” Pazen says.
They found numerous violations. “This location was a potential hazard to the residents there. It was a hazard to the guests. It could have caught on fire based on the way they were doing, the way they were essentially piggy backing the electrical lines there, unsanitary conditions, unsafe conditions at this location,” according to Pazen.
Days Inn moved the other people who were displaced by the closure to other sister properties in metro Denver.
“We have done our homework and research on where the problem motels are, problem hotels in the city and we anticipate many more of these [raids],” the commander says.