Did Metro rush Wilmington Island investigation? Rape Crisis Center Director says yes

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Metro charged an 18-year-old woman for falsely reporting a rape Wednesday, but the Director of Savannah’s Rape Crisis Center believes police may have rushed to make the arrest.

The woman claimed she was sexually assaulted on Wilmington Island by a black male driving a black Mustang.

But Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department investigators determined that the report was falsified, saying, “No sexual assault occurred and the subject description she gave was also falsified.”

News 3 sat down today with the Director of Savannah’s local Rape Crisis Center who says SCMPD should have taken longer to investigate the case.

She believes detectives rushed to solve it because the alleged crime happened on Wilmington Island.

The island is known as an affluent suburb of Savannah.

“I take real issue with the fact that there would be a rushed to judge or rushed to act, in a sense, where not only do you arrest the individual, but you publicize it,” says Keisha Gibson Carter, Rape Crisis Center, adding, “You have some victims who will be coerced into acknowledging that it didn’t happen.”

Sergeant Tiffany Manuel with SCMPD’s Special Victims Unit says her department properly and thoroughly investigated this case.

“We have not rushed to judgment in this investigation, the alleged incident occurred on November 26, on November 30 after a thorough investigation it was determined this rape did not occur,” says Sgt. Tiffany Manuel with SCMPD’s Special Victims Unit. “As a police officer and a special victims investigator, we follow the facts and the evidence of each of our cases.”

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