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Developer to raze Sacramento motel where deadly crime spree began

Crime tape cordons off an area where a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Motel 6 at Arden Way and Ethan Way.
Crime tape cordons off an area where a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Motel 6 at Arden Way and Ethan Way. Sacramento

The Sacramento Motel 6 that was the scene of an infamous shooting less than two months ago has been closed and is expected to be torn down.

The company that owns an adjacent shopping center, Howe ’Bout Arden, also owns the motel property at Arden and Ethan ways and plans to demolish it. The company, Syufy Enterprises of San Rafael, has obtained a demolition permit for the Motel 6 property, according to Sacramento County records.

Company officials couldn’t be reached for comment, but it’s widely anticipated that the motel lot would provide room for expanding the shopping center.

Garrick Brown, a retail analyst with Cassidy Turley commercial real estate, said Howe ’Bout Arden suffers from inadequate parking.

“It’s a decent center, it’s got access issues,” he said. “Getting in and out of that center is really tough.” He said the added room could give Howe ’Bout Arden the chance to create a major “lifestyle center” along the lines of the successful Fountains at Roseville.

Syufy purchased Howe ’Bout Arden for a reported $40 million in April 2013 from the Saca family of Sacramento. Syufy, which has a subsidiary called SyWest Development, is historically known for developing movie theaters and owned the Century Theatres chain until selling it to Cinemark USA Inc. eight years ago. The company continues to own the land beneath the Century Stadium 14 theater complex on Ethan Way, adjacent to the Motel 6, according to property records.

The parking lot of the Motel 6 was the site where a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was shot to death Oct. 24, the start of a daylong crime spree that also left a Placer County sheriff’s detective dead. Authorities have called the motel a hot spot for criminal behavior.

Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes, a Mexican national, and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, have been charged in connection with the shooting spree.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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