Police chief ‘surprised nobody’s been murdered’ at hotel he wants closed

Police chief ‘surprised nobody’s been murdered’ at hotel he wants closed

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Morrow Police Chief James Callaway said a local Days Inn should be shut down. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
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  • City officials want a judge to shut down a local hotel.
  • The Morrow police chief says the hotel is a crime haven.
  • Police have responded to 120 calls in six months.

Clayton County’s police chief says he’s surprised no one has been killed at a local hotel where police have responded 120 times in the past six months.

A judge on Monday listened as Morrow city leaders asked to have the Days Inn on Adamson Parkway shut down for code violations, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The hotel is a haven for drugs and prostitution, Morrow Police Chief James Callaway said.

“I would definitely like to see this court issue an order to shut this business down,” he said. “To be honest, I’m surprised nobody’s been murdered over there.”

Some of the 120 police incidents involved the sale of sex with children and aggravated assaults, Morrow city attorney Winston Denmark said. 

The hotel’s attorney, Keith Foster, told the judge the business has done all it could do.

“We put security, we made improvements,” Foster said in court. “We've cleaned the property. We called the police.”

But an undercover officer testified that isn’t true, because during a prostitution sting he was summoned to the Days Inn for a sex act with a juvenile. That girl told police she was forced into prostitution and two sex offenders were arrested, according to Channel 2. 

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