Friday, December 19, 2014

Police: Man said he was robbed after prostitute encounter

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Staff Writer | 6/20/2013

It wasn’t clear if a disgruntled customer was trying to get a refund from an alleged prostitute Wednesday night in Ottawa when he called the police to report a robbery.

A 23-year-old Kansas City, Mo., woman and a 21-year-old Republic of Georgia man have been arrested in connection with an alleged act of prostitution and making a false robbery report, according to an Ottawa Police Department news release.

Ottawa police officers were dispatched at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 600 block of South Oak Street to investigate a robbery report, where Zauri Phirtskhalaishvili told them a woman and another person had drove away from the residence after taking money, the news release said.

A Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy located the suspect’s vehicle on U.S. 59, north of Ottawa, and during the initial investigation officers determined the alleged robbery was tied to a possible act of prostitution, the news release said. Officers arrested Jalisa Simms, 23, Kansas City, Mo., on suspicion of prostitution. She was booked at 1:48 a.m. Thursday into the Franklin County Adult Detention Center, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Following up on the original robbery report Thursday, Ottawa police investigators determined Phirtskhalaishvili had filed a false report, the release said. Ottawa police arrested the Georgian Thursday on suspicion of filing a false report and patronizing a prostitute, the release said.

Phirtskhalaishvili was being held Thursday on a detainer from the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement office after the investigation determined he was in the U.S. in violation of a student visa, the release said.

The investigation indicates the prostitution incident was coordinated through an online escort service, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said.

Officers continue to follow up with additional witnesses, but do not anticipate additional arrests related to the case, Weingartner said. Investigators think it was an isolated incident, he said.

No other details were available Thursday afternoon.

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