DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - The Coffee County Sheriff's office says that what first appeared as a violent home invasion on Wednesday, was really a set-up all along.
They issued this release-
Deputies went to 758 Sidney H. Adams Road in reference to a robbery / home invasion that was in progress. Upon arrival at this location Deputies made contact with a female victim Alina Rodriquez who stated that someone knocked on her door and when she went to opened it a black male hit her in her face with a closed fist. She stated that the black male along with a Hispanic male ran into her house and started destroying her property.
She stated that she was able to get her child and leave the residence through the front door and go to a neighbor's house for help. The victim told deputies that she made contact with her neighbor and she and her neighbor returned to her resident and the two males were still at the location. She stated that her neighbor yelled at the two men and they took off running east to Alvin Geiger Road.
Deputies on scene advised all other responding Units of the description of the two male subjects and the direction of travel. Once other unit arrived in the area perimeter was established and a search of the area was conducted. As a result of the search Deputies were able to locate Kawon Deshay Rowels and Ismael Gasper in a wooded area just east of the incident location.
Deputies also made contact with a Hispanic female Daysie Candy Zepeda back at the residence whom is believed to be involved in the incident. All three were taken into custody and transported to the Coffee County Sheriff's Office for further investigation.
During this investigation at the Sheriff's things started to take an unprecedented twist. While Detectives were interviewing Ms. Zepeda she began to tell investigators that the whole invasion was staged. She went on to tell investigators that the victim asked her to help plot a robbery of her home so that she could become a victim of a serious crime then she could apply for a U Visa.
Detectives also interviewed Ismael Gasper and Kawon Rowels for their involvement and they both gave the exact explanation of the events that took place. Detectives later went back to the location of the reported home invasion and made contact with Alina Rodriquez the alleged victim in this report and transported her to the Coffee County Sheriff's Office to continue the investigation.
During the interview with the victim Alina Rodriquez she also admitted to staging this event. As a result of this reported home invasion all four individuals involved were arrested and charged with false report of a crime and are being held in the Coffee County Jail awaiting bond hearing.
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