An Augusta woman has been arrested on charges that she falsely reported being kidnapped and raped in an Augusta hotel.
Yesterday at approximately 8:56 a.m., the Richmond County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from the Country Inn and Suites on Sherwood Drive in reference to doing a welfare check on an employee.
When they arrived, investigators talked to the owner/manager of the business who requested their assistance in removing an individual that had allegedly being staying in the room without paying. Deputies had to their force entry into the room because it was locked from the inside. After entering, they located a female, Keyanna Franklin, who was confirmed to be an employee of Country Inn and Suites, inside the room.
She told deputies that she had been assaulted and held against her will by a guest in the room and held overnight. However, after Investigators reviewed evidence found in the room and watch surveillance videos they found several inconsistencies with Franklin's story. After further investigation, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has charged Franklin with one count of false report of a crime.
She was committed to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center. According to the Sheriff's office more charges could be pending.
The falsely reported incident circulated quickly on social media after media reports listed inaccurate details. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that they could not comment at the time because the investigation was ongoing.
Keyanna Franklin- Booking photo RCSO