Market Street hotel employee opens up about crime

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An employee at one of the hotels on Market Street is speaking out about the crime issues.

Monday, law enforcement warned the hotels to “clean it up” after a fatal shooting at the Carolinian Inn a week and a half ago.

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The employee who wanted to remain anonymous talked about what goes on at some of those hotels including where he works.

“I have had to call 911 several times for fights, overdose, drug use,” he said.

He said the hotel policies are part of the problem.

“They do accept locals,” he said.  “They take cash as payments. They do not require a credit card which makes it much easier for prostitution and drug deals to be done there.”

Not all of the hotels in this area are the same. The manager of Super 8 said they require a credit card, but they do accept locals. The manager of Days Inn said they do not allow locals within 30 miles, but they also do not require a credit card. The general manager of the Holiday Inn said they do not allow locals within 30 miles and they do require a credit card.

The Carolinian Inn and America’s Best Inn and Suites did not want to comment.

“I think the owners of the hotels can fairly easily do more to clean up the issues that they do have,” the anonymous employee said.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said if the hotels do not clean up, law enforcement can try to seize the property using nuisance and abatement. That warning is something the employee said is a good first step.

“I think it’s good that they have come forward that there is an issues there, but I do feel like it’s an issue that has been ongoing for quite a while and it’s sad that it took a homicide to bring it to light,” he said.

Now, he says he hopes the hotel owners will shed some light on what they’re doing to “clean it up.”

A Wilmington city spokesman said at this point there has not been any discussion about requiring certain hotel policies.