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Man stabbed to death in Norcross hotel fight

NORCROSS - A 19-year-old Atlanta man died from stab wounds Tuesday morning following a spat at a Norcross hotel known as a crime hotbed, police said.

Michael Anthony Black Jr. died at the Norcross Extended Stay hotel, located off Jimmy Carter Boulevard on Pelican Drive, shortly after police were called at 8:45 a.m., said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

The motive and circumstances behind the stabbing were unclear Tuesday, Spellman said. Police could not offer a description of the suspect.

"Basically, this was an altercation with a group of people," she said. "As a result of what, we don't know."

Spellman said the hotel is a problematic area, where "there has been a high (emergency) call volume in the past."

Most recently, police arrested three Gwinnett women in January for allegedly running a brothel in room 614 of the hotel. Police said the trio offered to perform sex acts on an undercover officer.

Last summer, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department evicted more than 20 registered sex offenders living at the hotel at one time. The offenders were in violation of a state law prohibiting them from living within 1,000 feet of a public pool at the time.

The hotel's general manager, Mayor Patel, said the stabbing marks the first homicide at the Norcross Extended Stay. The hotel remained open Tuesday though much of the premises was cordoned off by police tape, he said.

Patel said he'd heard three different versions of what caused the stabbing by Tuesday afternoon. He declined to offer further details.

Police urge anyone with information about the incident to call investigators at 770-513-5300.