Alleged prostitute indicted for kidnapping, robbery

Nicole Reeves

A Clarke County grand jury this week indicted an alleged prostitute who authorities say set up customers for armed robberies at motels in Athens. One of the alleged victims was kidnapped and left in the trunk of his own car.

 

Nicole Jolita Reeves, 26, met customers at motels in Athens, where she allegedly set them up for robberies by two males, who have not been identified by police.

Following her arrest in 2016, Reeves was indicted on two counts of armed robbery and one count each of false imprisonment, kidnapping, battery, and entering an automobile.

According to Western Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Fogal, Reeves’ case was presented to a different grand jury last week because “Reeves had determined that she wished to proceed to trial.”

Based on additional evidence, Fogal said the grand jury returned a new indictment charging Reeves with two counts of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of entering an automobile and one count each of kidnapping with bodily injury and false imprisonment.

On Feb. 14, 2016, a 19-year-old Arnoldsville man escaped from the trunk of his car, where he had spent the night after having been bound and gagged, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

The victim told police he met Reeves through classifieds website backpage.com. They rendezvoused the previous night at the Travel Inn motel on West Broad Street. After they finished having sex, police said, Reeves’ two male accomplices came out of the bathroom and assaulted the victim.

“He advised that they put him on the floor and zip-tied his wrists and duct-taped his mouth, then beat him some more,” according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

Police said one of the males demanded the personal identification number for a debit card he found in the victim’s wallet and then left the motel to go to an ATM, where he made a withdrawal from the victim’s account. Upon returning, he and the other male threw the victim into the trunk of his own car, and then left him there at the motel all night, police said.

The next morning, police said, the suspects drove the victim’s car to North Billups Street, where they opened the trunk before driving away in a second vehicle. The victim, his face badly bruised with one eye swollen shut, went to a nearby residence seeking help.

Two days later, a 47-year-old man from Crawford came forward to report he had been similarly robbed by Reeves. The man had not intended to report the incident, but police said he changed his mind after reading an OnlineAthens.com report about the Travel Inn robbery and kidnapping. Police at the time called the two incidents “almost identical” to each other.

 

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