Austin Police have arrested 44-year-old Carlos Mares for fataly stabbing Otto Wiley, 57, at the Budget Lodge in North Austin.
According to an arrest affidavit, a hotel clerk notified police that a man had been stabbed inside one of the rooms at the hotel. Police found Wiley stabbed multiple times and rushed him to Brackenridge were he later died as a result of his wounds.
A witness told detectives that they saw Wiley with another man, later identified as Mares, at a local gas station. Surveillance video at the gas station confirmed that Wiley and Mares were hanging out together. A detective was able to identify Mares from the video and contacted his relatives in an effort to locate him. One of the relatives told police that Mares had called them earlier and told them that he gotten into a fight with another man and stabbed him. The two of them had been drinking.
The Budget Lodge has been no stranger to violence over the past couple of years, so much so that city attorneys and Travis County District Attorneys filed a joint lawsuit on behalf of the city back in December 2008 against the hotel. They then closed the motel in 2009 after they found enough violations to not renew the motel’s license.
Budget Lodge agreed to implement 20 measures to remain open and comply with the injunction. These measures included installing surveillance cameras in seven locations and removing pay phones from the property. Management must also install a fence around the property and require all residents and guests to provide government issued identification. The hotel will also stop charging by the hour.
In 2008, a former hotel manager with Budget Lodge was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy who was staying at the hotel.