WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Motel 6 off I-95 in Warwick has seen a staggering amount of criminal activity in the past year, and on Tuesday city officials met with the chain’s corporate leaders to start working towards a solution.
Warwick police revealed to Eyewitness News last month that officers have responded to the Jefferson Boulevard motel hundreds of times within the last 14 months alone. A total of 75 people were arrested during that time for a number of different crimes, including gunshots fired and sex trafficking.
Last month, police said they busted a crystal meth operation and took three men into custody.
The VP of Safety and Security for Motel 6 agreed that in this situation changes needed to be made.
“Our normal check-in policy for the brand is 18, unless we feel there is a need to raise that check in age to 21 to address any particular concerns,” said Victor Glover. “We do evaluate that on an as needed basis, in this particular case we felt that was something important to do.”
The city and Motel 6 have agreed to the following terms:
- The hotel will not rent rooms to guests arrested for serious crimes
- Security coverage from Warwick police will be expanded from weekends to seven days a week
- The minimum check-in age has been raised from 18 to 21
- The motel will provide a guest list to the police department on a daily basis
- The staff has completed updated training on safety and security policies and procedures
The city’s Board of Public Safety heard from all sides at a meeting Tuesday night to make sure progress was being made. If it had not, the operating license for the motel could have been stripped.
“We think we have a very good plan to be able to present to them to say ‘look, we are all together, and we’re all moving forward,'” said Avedisian.
Earlier in the day, Mayor Scott Avedisian met with the chain’s national leadership to start cracking down on the criminal activity.
“We had great discussions with them about where we are, where they are, and where we all need to be together,” said Avedisian. “They were very responsive.”
Colin Spence contributed to this story