Police throw out guests, padlock Harding Place motel

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 1:16pm
Staff reports

“Enough is enough.”

That’s the message Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said the department sent this morning when officers stormed The Harding Inn at 350 Harding Place in south Nashville.

Officers shut down and padlocked the motel, formerly known as the Knight’s Inn. They said it had become “public nuisance” and a hangout for prostitutes and drug dealers. Metro police have been called to the site 276 times from May 2009 to May 2010. That’s more than three times as many than to a nearby Harding Place motel.

The department has requested that the owners and managers of the motel take action to deter criminal conduct, but police said those requests have fallen on deaf ears.

Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier declared the business a public nuisance in a temporary injunction and padlocking order.

The order provides that the motel’s rented rooms are to be padlocked, and prohibits the owners of the motel, John J. Yoon and Susie M. Yoon of Manchester, Tenn., and its managers, Keith Lewis, Adrian Slaton and Chris Howard, from entering onto the property until a hearing is held Friday morning.

District Attorney Torry Johnson said a padlocking order is rare, noting that nuisance proceedings have been used against only five motels in Nashville since 1997.

“Business owners and their customers, including those who workout at the nearby YMCA, are understandably fed up, and it’s time to send the message that enough is enough,” Anderson said. “If hundreds of police responses, arrests, and warnings to the ownership won’t work, I believe today’s extreme action will.”

24 Comments on this post:

By: Beernazi on 7/7/10 at 12:46

good job, Chief Anderson. now hit some of the nuisance motels on Murfreesboro Road!

By: idgaf on 7/7/10 at 1:37

If there is a hearing Fri this Gestopo action was necessary why?

In the other (cough) paper they said they confiscated money and gave it to patrons too.

What immediate threat prompted this action?

By: idgaf on 7/7/10 at 1:38

Ps can you spell LAWSUIT boys and girls?

John Herbitson will eat these guys up.

By: Beernazi on 7/7/10 at 3:04

illegal activity, id.

By: Beernazi on 7/7/10 at 3:09

A yearlong investigation by South Precinct officers found that the owners and management of the motel maintained what was essentially a house of prostitution, which also facilitated the sale and distribution of drugs.

http://www.police.nashville.org/news/media/2010/07/07.htm

By: dargent7 on 7/8/10 at 5:37

Dang. And I thought the 'guests" offering a bj in the parking lot were just being friendly.

By: njmccune on 7/8/10 at 6:12

And the same fate should befall most of the "hotels/motels" on Murphreesboro pike. During the aftermath of the flood we had no choice but to put several of our relatives in one of them and I was totally embarrassed at the carring on.

By: budlight on 7/8/10 at 6:30

John J. Yoon and Susie M. Yoon of Manchester, Tenn

Absentee owners! No vested interest in the community! Should have to pay higher taxes to own property with no vested interest in the community!

Thank you metro for shutting down this ghetto!

idgaf on 7/7/10 at 2:38
Ps can you spell LAWSUIT boys and girls?

John Herbitson will eat these guys up.

And his co-council will be Perry March!

By: AmyLiorate on 7/8/10 at 7:54

Sounds like a good reason to legalize prostitution... then you would have a designated area and it could be supervised by the health department and creating tax revenue.

Stop trying to legislate morality. It just doesn't work.

Budlight, that's a pretty good thought you put out there and I've often said the same thing. I found that in Puerto Rico they do not pay property tax on your residence. You pay it on business property and I suppose on any vacation home, etc.

We shouldn't be forced to pay rent on the occasion we have paid for our house.

I don't think Herbison and March get along that well though I'm sure March would like any chance for a change of scenery.

By: girliegirl on 7/8/10 at 8:25

I'd say this was a "good start" and we all know there are hundreds of other locations through out the city and surrounding areas where this tactic could be applied. Woohoo! :-)

By: girliegirl on 7/8/10 at 8:26

Hey Sidney! I found Tyler another Chihuahua but it's a "puppy finder" site, and they want nearly $2K for it, so I'm back to my search.

By: Beernazi on 7/8/10 at 9:02

By: AmyLiorate on 7/8/10 at 8:54
Sounds like a good reason to legalize prostitution... then you would have a designated area and it could be supervised by the health department and creating tax revenue.

I would agree with that.

By: nvestnbna on 7/8/10 at 9:16

By: girliegirl on 7/8/10 at 9:25
I'd say this was a "good start" and we all know there are hundreds of other locations through out the city and surrounding areas where this tactic could be applied. Woohoo! :-).

Why don't they start with the mission, I think they get 3-400 police calls a year, and who knows how many EMS. Talk about a nuisance, their residents fill up the library and bus station every morning. 50% of the registered sex offenders in the 37203 zip code. Warehousing is the way to go.

By: Beernazi on 7/8/10 at 10:05

South Precinct Commander Mike Alexander said, "Police responses to this motel, based in large part on neighborhood complaints, have put an inordinate drain on both uniformed and undercover resources. I am very proud of the investigative work of my Crime Suppression Unit, which built the case for the padlocking order."

http://www.police.nashville.org/news/media/2010/07/07.htm

By: Tull on 7/8/10 at 10:30

I drive past that place in the morning to get to work and it was not uncommon to see half dressed women stumbling across the road at 7:30am.

By: idgaf on 7/8/10 at 11:33

A thought to consider.

Now that the seeds have been thrown into the wind, where will they land and take root?

By: Beernazi on 7/8/10 at 12:08

i hope the seeds land at the hourly/weekly motels on Murfreesboro Rd. and Dickerson Pk.

By: SRJ on 7/8/10 at 12:18

I happen to like John Herbison. He fights for 1st Ammendment rights, for all people, not just the chosen few. However, I do not see Herbison wasting his time on a case like this. He has way too many high-profile cases on his to do list. Last but not least, I too believe that this so-called motel should be permanently closed.

By: JeffF on 7/8/10 at 1:03

Yet another ding in the tax revenues to pay for the convention center. Another shining star in the hospitality industry. I would have you know that the convention industry is the primary reason why these businesses are around. It is only fair that their customers get taxed to pay for the MCC.

I am just laughing that there are posters on this site who still believe that the convention/meeting industry are the only reason people rent rooms and cars. Or at least they think that when they justify the taxation of all hotels, motels, HOtels in order to build their sandbox in downtown.

By: Beernazi on 7/8/10 at 1:53

i hear that these type of motels get used a lot during the Baptist Bible Convention - lol!

By: budlight on 7/8/10 at 2:56

SRJ on 7/8/10 at 1:18
I happen to like John Herbison. He fights for 1st Ammendment rights, for all people, not just the chosen few. However, I do not see Herbison wasting his time on a case like this. He has way too many high-profile cases on his to do list. Last but not least, I too believe that this so-called motel should be permanently closed.

SRJ, I like him also; he's direct, to the point and knows his law!

I disagree with the concensus of legalizing prostitution. Our bodies are "on loan" from God and one cannot sell something they don't own.

Please, learn to type and get a real JOB; one that does not spread communicable disease and heart break, or contribute to the delinquincy of pimps!

By: jdawg on 7/9/10 at 10:11

As one of the officers that was at the hotel and helped shut it down, I can say this place needed it. The conditions inside the hotel were horrible. The AC wasn't even working except in select guest rooms. If I wrote about all the things that were found I would be here all day. The owners will be able to reopen, but will have to bring the building back into codes and health department compliance. Not to mention pay the fines for the violations that were found at the time of the padlocking. P.S. Prostitution is not a victimless crime like many people believe.

By: theTruth1 on 7/9/10 at 10:20

THE OFFICER IS CORRECT! THIS IS NOT A VICTIMLESS CRIME...HOWEVER!

SOMETHING IS FISHY?

Nearby, there is a Motel that is worse ,in that the foreign owners and management at the EXCUTIVE INN tell the employees that if they call the police except for a fire or holdup emergency, they will be fired,AND THAT IS WHY THE HIGH POLICE CALLS DONT MATCH THE RATIO OF THIS PUBLIC NUISANCE AND DANGER.

THE CRIME AND VICTIMIZING OF UNKNOWING TRAVELERS STILL GOES ON, how do i know? ashamedly i worked there for several years and was let go for finally cooporating with police,when i could not take seeing the lives OF THE MANY INNOCENTS that they ruined.
(Families would come off the Highway (with discount coupons from Truck Stops) and end up with rooms sandwiched between Whores and Violent Drug Dealers. Victims would complain to no avail...

,The foreign owners have no community ties and all they care about is the coming around to collect the money, and heck THE MANAGEMENT covers for them, BIG TIME!

IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE POLICE, I will even serve as a witness myself with others if the POLICE are serious about cleaning up that whole area.(They are just a quarter mile away)

PS :They should not be allowed to open again,
they should be charged with
aiding and abetting,

CHEF ANDERSON keep up the good work!

WE SEE THAT YOU CARE !!!!
rather then just covering your position
and then doing NOTHING!

GOOD RIDDANCE SERPAS,

WE NOW HAVE A REAL POLICE CHIEF...

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