Lawsuit against Economy Inn claims man on 'no-rent' list shot guest
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville man has filed a lawsuit against the embattled Economy Inn on Bardstown Road, claiming he was shot while staying at the hotel in June by a man who had been barred from being on the property.
Joseph McGuire alleges the Economy Inn put him in a "foreseeable zone of risk," leading to him being shot multiple times on June 27 by Antonio Polen, who was supposed to be on a "no-rent list" but was staying at the hotel anyway.
Polen had previously rented a room at the hotel but was told he could not return, according to the suit. However, Polen's mother then rented a room and her son stayed in it on June 27, the suit claims.
The suit alleges hotel owners and staff knew or should have known Polen was staying there and taken action to remove him from the property.
But owner Tony Yaldo said in an interview that Polen was not on a no-rent list and the shooting was just an "unfortunate thing" the hotel had no control over.
"Two guests got into an argument and, for whatever reason, one pulled out a gun and shot the other," Yaldo said. "It can happen anywhere."
Yaldo also questioned how McGuire or his attorney, Bradley Sears, would know whether Polen was on the no-rent list.
"He was a registered guest," Yaldo said of Polen. "We had no problem with him."
Sears did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
The suit claims the hotel "frequently disregarded the 'no-rent' list" and had a duty to provide security measures to protect residents.
Neighbors and city officials have said the Economy Inn is a hotbed for criminal activity, and there has been a push to close it down amid poor health inspection ratings.
Most recently, however, health officials gave the hotel a 100 percent score in the latest inspection.
The lawsuit repeats many of the common complaints against the hotel, alleging it is "prone to criminal activity, including prostitution, underage prostitution, drug use and/or trafficking, theft other criminal conduct, or misconduct generally."
McGuire, according to the suit, sustained several injuries from the shooting, including a fractured arm, internal damage, scarring and physical and mental pain. He had rented a room with his girlfriend on June 3, paying for a month's stay.
Polen was charged with first degree assault, receipt of stolen property and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. The case is pending.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
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