LOS ANGELES – The city attorney’s office has filed a nuisance reduction complaint against a San Pedro hotel that allegedly served as a long-time gang hangout and drug trafficking site, prompting nearby residents to live in fear.
The lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday targets the Palos Verdes Inn Hotel, a 35-unit building located in the 1000 block of South Palos Verdes Street, an area that is also home to many apartment buildings as well as an assortment of single-family homes. houses, says the complaint.
The defendants are Tejasv Management LLC and its individual managers, the defendants Chhaya Mandalia and Krishen Mandalia. A man who answered the phone at the hotel today told City News Service: “This is news to us,” but declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Although the hotel has been a public nuisance for nearly two decades, gang and drug-related crimes have increased there in recent months and between last September and June, two people were shot dead in three separate shootings that have took place inside or right next to the building. , depending on the costume.
“The defendants have ceded control of (the hotel) to members of local gangs and their associates, who are using the property to engage in criminal behavior which terrorizes the surrounding community and puts them in great physical danger,” said the trial.
The constant presence of gang members also made the building a focal point for the gang’s rivals, according to the prosecution.
“Due to the defendants’ failure to adhere to best property management practices, the (hotel) is a dangerous public nuisance which has strained limited police resources,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit includes a color photo of a sidewalk in front of the building, allegedly documenting the gang’s hold on the hotel.
Over the past nine months, the LAPD has recovered two guns from inside the hotel and each gun was obtained after dangerous foot chases inside the building, one in pursuit of one known gang member and the other a suspected drug dealer, says the lawsuit.
Members of the surrounding community live in fear due to chronic crime and the intimidating presence of gang members at the hotel. This is why the LAPD has strengthened its application, says the lawsuit.
“But the crime persists on the property despite arrests, search warrants and additional LAPD patrols,” the lawsuit said.
The LAPD has repeatedly obtained surveillance footage from Chhaya Mandalia to aid them in their hotel crime investigations, ensuring that defendants are aware of the violent gang-related crimes occurring on their property, says the pursuit.
However, the defendants have not taken sufficient steps to address the crime concerns and the situation will not change unless they are forced to implement corrective measures, the prosecution says.