Saturday, May 1, 2010

Two Women Face Charges for False Report

Two women are now facing felony charges after filing a false rape report this weekend in Fort Smith. Police arrested 19-year-old Heather Smith and her 21-year-old roommate Jeni Melton, after they claimed two unidentified men came into their apartment and raped Smith.

Police were called to Roosters Bar on Garrison Avenue around 4:41 a.m. Saturday. Officers spoke with Smith and Melton about the alleged incident.

The women told police they had left Roosters around 3 a.m. and shortly after they arrived at their residents on Birnie Avenue, two men came into their home uninvited. According to the report, one suspect pinned Melton to the floor, while the second raped Smith in a back bedroom.

The women told police after the two men left they were afraid to stay at the apartment, so they began walking down N. 6th. While walking, they stopped a taxi cab for help. When they entered the cab, they found both suspects inside. The women said they were dropped off at the corner of 8th and Garrison and called police.

Police spoke with Razorback Cab Company and found that the suspects were dropped off at a residence on S. 24th. Officers responded to the home and glanced in the front window, locating the two suspects asleep on a couch in the living room. Officers noticed two .44 caliber revolvers and a semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun on the coffee table next to them, and notified the SWAT team. A search warrant was executed on the residence and the two men inside were arrested.

After several interviews and a 12-hour investigation, both men were released and will not face any charges. An additional witness to the incident came forward and police discovered major discrepancies in the initial allegations.

Smith and Melton were re-interviewed, arrested and charged with Filing a False Police Report, which is a felony. Both are being held in the Sebastian County Detention Center without bond.