Feds raid ‘long-term problem’ Victory Inn

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
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Detroit — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed search warrants at the Victory Inn motel Thursday morning.

Few details are offered in the “multiagency enforcement effort” related to the “ongoing criminal investigation,” but a Homeland Security spokesperson said the raid started about 6 a.m., and involved 20 law-enforcement agencies and 150 law-enforcement personnel.

Just after 8 a.m., law-enforcement officials led several handcuffed men from the side of the motel, located on the 9400 block of Michigan Avenue, into the front.

The spokesperson said the city is seeking a nuisance abatement in an effort to close down the motel.

Kenyetta Hebron, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman, described the motel as a “long-term problem for the 4th precinct” and the nearby Dearborn Police Department.

In 2016, the Detroit Police Department made 115 runs to the motel and more to the surrounding area. The motel also was the site of two shootings and numerous aggravated assaults, and two homicides were traced back to guests of the motel.

Sharon Reddig clapped and cheered as she walked north on Stecker toward Michigan Avenue. Reddig, who lives in River Rouge, was in the area to drop off her husband, but said she used to work at the bar next door to the motel “15 or 20 years ago,” before it became a topless establishment.

“I’ve been waiting for this day,” Reddig said.


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