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Another crime at Budget Lodge motel renews frustration

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A man was stabbed to death Wednesday at the Budget Lodge motel in North Austin.

The victim, 57-year-old, Otto Wiley, was stabbed on the third floor, and managed to get down the stairs into the parking lot. Police responded to a 911 call reporting the incident.

"When officers arrived, they met the victim. EMS was called. They transported the victim to Brackenridge where he was later pronounced deceased," Austin Police Department Sgt. Keith Bazzle said.

On Thursday, Austin police arrested 44-year-old Carlos A. Mares in connection to the stabbing. Mares has been charged with First Degree Felony Murder. His bond is set at $150,000.

The incident marks the latest in a string of crimes over the years at the Budget Lodge.

In December, 2008, the City of Austin filed a lawsuit against the motel for a high volume of crimes and nuisance complaints.

To keep its doors open, Budget Lodge agreed to a permanent injunction that prohibited the motel from allowing nuisances on the property. The restrictions Budget Lodge agreed to include 20 specific measures aimed at eliminating criminal activity.

But with the latest crime, even a local minister who brings the less fortunate to the motel for shelter said he'll no longer do it.

"With this happening like this, with me actually being around to see what's going on, definitely, this is something to take heed to," Street Minister Marcus Jones said. "Definitely."

One resident said he's had enough.

"I've seen continuous people walking back and forth drinking beer," renter Joseph Barrese said. "It's not really the type of place you want to stay at, really. I mean there's drugs going on all around this place."

Motel management declined to comment about whether it has adhered to the terms of its agreement with the city.

As police continue the investigation, the motel will remain open, for now.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the homicide tip line at (512) 477-3588, Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES.

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