AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Keyanna Franklin is being charged with false reporting of a crime.
Investigators say Richmond County deputies were called to Country Inn and Suites on Sherwood Drive near Washington Road Wednesday morning where the owner/manager of the hotel wanted a guest removed from a room for not paying.
Authorities had to force the door open at the room and found Franklin inside. She allegedly told the deputies she was assaulted by a guest and held against her will overnight in the room. Franklin was the only person found in it and was working at the hotel at the time of the alleged incident, according to investigators.
While reviewing security footage, investigators saw several inconsistencies in what Franklin told them. She was then arrested for reporting a fake crime.
Aimee Hall is the executive director at SafeHomes, a local domestic violence center. She hopes people don’t lose faith in victims of real crimes.
She said, “People in our community will downplay that story because a lot of people think if you’re in a domestic violence situation, you can just leave and you can just walk out. When a lot of times you can’t just leave or walk out because there’s a lot of barriers.”
Hall reports when Georgia’s shelter-in-place was lifted, her group saw a 60% increase in calls.
“It does happen because domestic violence is real. It really happens in our community, and I don’t think people in our community realize how relevant domestic violence is. Last year we provided services to 1,600 people because we provide services to a 10-county service area,” explained Hall.
Richmond County investigators say Franklin could face more charges. We will keep you updated.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) [ORIGINAL]- Richmond County Deputies responded to Country Inn and Suites Wednesday morning in reference to a welfare check.
Upon arrival, they met with the manager of the business who needed help removing a guest who had allegedly been staying in the room without paying. Deputies forced their way inside the room since the door was locked from the inside.
Once inside, they found Keyanna Franklin. She was the only person in the room. Franklin is an employee at the business and she told deputies she was assaulted by a guest in the room and was held overnight.
Investigators reviewed evidence in the room as well as surveillance video from around the property. Inconsistencies with what was reported were immediately found.
After a thorough investigation of all evidence, Keyanna Franklin has been charged with one count of false report of a crime. She was arrested and taken to Charles B. Webster detention center.