Posted: 8:25 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Neighbors knew motels were haven for drugs, prostitutes

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In 2011 and 2012, authorities said about 17 percent of Tukwila police calls for service were to three motels: The Boulevard Motel, the Travelers Choice Motel and the Great Bear Motor Inn.

By Deborah Horne

TUKWILA, Wash. —

Three motels shut down in early Tuesday morning raids are near homes and other businesses.

"There were literally prostitutes taking johns next to my building," said Chris Carder. He can see Travelers' Choice Motel from his front yard. So whatever was happening there spilled down the street to him.

"When I first moved in, I had kids walking by on the street asking me if I was the guy that drove the Lincoln. Or if the guy that drove the Lincoln lived in my house. Or if my girlfriend was a trick," said Carder.

"If nobody didn't know anything about what's going on here," said neighbor Timothy Stone, "they're out of their rab rab minds."

Stone said the crime happening here was an open secret.

"Women walking up and down the street with short dresses and everything," Stone said. "People hanging out, coming and going. You knew there were drugs going on."

It was going on where lots of children play and go to school. Foster High School and the Foster Library are about a tenth of a mile away. The couple of neighbors we found who sometimes called police wouldn't talk on camera. Others seemed to accept the crime here as a way of life.

"I was just telling a police officer I didn't realize how big it was," said Larry.Hart.

The early-morning raid woke up Hart, who lives in the trailer park behind Travelers' Choice. But seeing these motels boarded up and out of business, he said, is a welcome sight.

"I'm relieved," he said. 



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