LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has secured a court order for a one year closure of the Bronco Motel in South Los Angeles, after the owner repeatedly violated terms of a permanent injunction by failing to make necessary improvements to stop rampant gang and narcotics activity. The property is expected to be closed in the next 60 days.
"When we secured an injunction to stop the rampant criminal activity associated with this motel, we expected the owner to comply," said City Attorney Mike Feuer. "That's what the neighborhood deserves. So when the owner failed to follow through, we insisted the property be closed. This community deserves to be safe."
Vaidehi, Inc., the owner of the Bronco Motel, located at 5501 S. Western Avenue, became subject of a permanent injunction on June 15, 2015, requiring improvements including the installation of a robust, secure mechanized gate at the main entrance to control the flow of gang members and drug buyers/sellers. The property is a 33-room motel consisting of two detached buildings and has served as the hub for 55 Neighborhood Crip gang activity including rampant narcotics sales, multiple gun arrests, a gang-related homicide and another shooting.
Judge John Doyle found that the motel owners/operators repeatedly violated the terms of the injunction. Specifically, the property owners failed to control access to the property by installing a proper gate across the main entry way as specified in the injunction and failed to regulate parking on the property. Investigators also discovered one of the motel’s video cameras was disabled in an alleged effort to hide the noncompliance on the gate.