MANCHESTER — Noting problems with crime at local hotels, city police said they will start providing workshops for hotel managers and workers in the near future.
The workshops are being arranged with the help of Catholic Medical Center; the Manchester Police Department’s crime prevention officer Max Linstead; and Jeff Eisenberg, a local advertising executive who works on behalf of some of the hotels, said Manchester Police Capt. Brian O’Keefe.
“There’s a lot of nefarious activity that takes place in the hotels in the city,” O’Keefe told the Manchester Police Commission.
Such activity was highlighted in March at a shoot-out and 15-hour standoff at the Quality Inn, which is located just off the city’s main commercial strip, South Willow Street.
Three people died in the incident. Longtime criminal Stephen Marshall died after bursting through a broken first floor window at the hotel and firing at law enforcement. Christian St. Cyr and Brandie Tarantino St. Cyr were involved in the standoff and died of drug use, injuries and environmental hypothermia during the standoff.
Hotels have repeatedly appeared in police reports as the site of drug deals or overdoses. An ongoing trial about a gang leader in Manchester includes references to meetings in two different area hotels. And the police chief in nearby Merrimack has complained about drug deals taking place in hotels there.
In an interview, O’Keefe described hotels as little cities.
He said a workshop would let hotel workers know the signs and symptoms of drug use, and it would stress the importance of obtaining information from legitimate IDs and getting plate numbers of cars.
Criminals do not like to provide such information, he said.