A Pinellas County motel with a sordid history is now being accused of offering guests an unwelcome amenity — scabies.
Rhonda Baxter and Alex Rodriguez were guests at the Bayview Motel on 501 S. Bayview Blvd. in Oldsmar; Baxter visited in December 2014, Rodriguez in May 2015.
In two separate lawsuits filed earlier this month in Pinellas County’s 6th Judicial Circuit Court, each claim bedrooms they stayed in were infested with mites causing scabies, a skin condition.
Both say mites infested luggage and clothing and the plaintiffs claim they were “severely bitten” to a degree it required hospitalization.
Despite being a traveler’s worst nightmare, however, mites and scabies are only the most recent — and relatively minor — difficulty taking place at the Bayview over the past few years.
In June 2016, two men and a woman were arrested for allegedly using a dating website to lure victims to the Bayview, and robbing them at gunpoint.
According to the Tampa Bay Reporter, unsuspecting victims had gone to the Bayview after visiting the dating website “Plenty of Fish” to meet women. The suspects — identifying themselves as “Jessica” or “Curvy_Cameron93” — continued texting the victims, agreeing to meet them in a room at the Bayview.
After arriving, two men battered and robbed victims at gunpoint, stealing cash and personal items before fleeing the scene.
Suspects were identified as Charlie L. Woodley of Largo (charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon or firearm); Cameron M. Davis of Oldsmar (also charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon or firearm) and Rachel C. Brown, also of Largo, who was charged with one count of principal to robbery with a deadly weapon or firearm.
In 2008, the Bayview — known as the Aday Motel at the time — was also the scene of a kidnapping, which resulted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Javon Strange.
A September 2008 Tampa Bay Times article outlines the incident where Gregory Longley was held at gunpoint by teenagers hoping he would lead them to a man who they were disputing over stolen coins.
Three individuals — Strange, Abdusbasiyr A. Blake and Juan Carlos Morales — forced Longley into a 2000 Chevy Malibu.
As Longley and Strange, who was holding the gun, sat in the back seat, Strange lowered the weapon to start text messaging. Longley then grabbed the gun, deputies said, shooting Strange and Morales, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, before ordering Blake to stop the car.
Blake went to the McDonald’s at 4085 Tampa Road, where restaurant employees called 911. After paramedics arrived, Strange was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time, Aday assistant manager Archie Viray told reporters that the motel is “generally quiet.”
“Nothing happens here,” he said.
Nevertheless, as for Bayview’s latest troubles, records from inspections taken around the dates of the alleged scabies incidents make no mention of an insect infestation. The 12-unit property is owned by Tarpon Springs residents Jose Ang Pe, 66, and his 56-year-old wife Maria Obra Pe.