Teen says he was stuck with needle in Memphis motel room


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — You never know what happens in a motel room before you check in, but this story might make you think twice about booking your next room.

A South Carolina man who was in town for a hip-hop contest says his son was stuck with a hypodermic needle in their Northeast Memphis motel room.

It wasn't exactly a warm welcome to the city for Shawan Hopkins and his 16-year-old son Messiah.

They were staying at the Motel 6 on Sycamore View Road off I-40 while visiting from South Carolina with their hip-hop group Chetta Chasers.

"This is my first time in Memphis," Messiah said. "We had a show out here so we came out here, and this is what I'm waking up to."

This morning as they were getting up to head home, Messiah says he was stuck with a hypodermic needle as he laid in bed.

"I feel something sticking in my leg and I'm like, 'What is this?' And I look and it's a needle," he said.

"Automatically I get p*ssed off, I'm worried," Shawan Hopkins said. "I pull all the sheets off because I was looking for what stuck him, and I find a scale under the mattress."

They took photos showing the needle and a scale, commonly used to weigh drugs.

Police carried what appeared to be that scale out of the room when they got on scene to investigate Sunday morning.

They said Hopkins also reported finding a used crack pipe in the room.

"I'm scared, I'm nervous and I'm mad, Hopkins said. "I'm more mad than anything. Obviously, they didn't clean the room. If they would have cleaned the room, that wouldn't have been there."

What's worse, he says he reached out to the Motel 6 corporate office, who told him he'd have to take it up with the general manager.

But when he did, Hopkins says he refused to even acknowledge his concerns, turning what was supposed to be a fun vacation into a nightmare.

"He comes up, he picks the scale up, he looks at the needle and then walks out," he said.

Messiah was taken by ambulance to Baptist Children's Hospital to be checked out.

But Hopkins says he shouldn't be responsible for the ambulance and hospital fees.

"Who's going to pay for that, you know?" he said.

A man at Motel 6 — who Hopkins says is the general manager he spoke with, but who wouldn't identify himself to WREG — refused to answer any of our questions.

WREG also reached out to the Motel 6 corporate office, but haven't gotten a response.

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