Jul 26, 2010
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Drug deals and late-night hourly room rentals are common transactions at 360 Honeyspot Road, and they have kept cops on their toes there for more than a decade.
About 20 of the 92 rooms are occupied by guests who call the Honeyspot home because it offers the cheapest motel lodging in Stratford and Bridgeport. For them, a private room in the worn motel is a welcome alternative to the street or a shelter.
Police respond to domestic violence and other criminal activities at the motel an average of once every two to three days, totaling more than 935 recorded incidents since February 2006. They commonly address car thefts, assaults and drug sales, but in recent years the Honeyspot has also drawn police presence for sexual assaults, statutory rapes, illegal weapons sales and four sudden deaths.
This type of activity has frustrated neighbors and town government officials for years, and it has earned the motel notoriety beyond county lines.
"The Honeyspot Motor Lodge, where all the stains have their own stories," is the opening lyric of a song by the Cambridge, Mass.-based band The Resurrectionists. The faded Honeyspot motel sign that faces the highway at Exit 31 inspired the group to pen a song about an encounter with a prostitute at a seedy motel and the tales that would be told if the walls of her motel room could talk.
In 2003, police found a 24-year-old Guilford man dead on the floor facing a television set in Room 113. He had been taking heroin and cocaine while watching pornography in his underwear...
More recently, a Fairfield man was arrested in 2009 after he was found watching pornography in a room with two 14-year-old girls.
"We don't know half of what goes on there," said Stratford Police Capt. Kenneth Bakalar.
Honeyspot owner Jay Patel said the motel management cooperates with police during investigations.
"We follow the rules and the regulations," he said. "If they tell us to do something we will do it. Anytime the police come there, we get everything open for them."
Bakalar agrees that the staff is cooperative, but rampant drug use and visual evidence of prostitution continue nonetheless. Police patrol the grounds regularly, he said, but the suspects are constantly in and out, making investigations...