Court: Men rob prostitute of $1 at La Quinta Inn

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comApril 17, 2014 

Officials say two men plotting to rob an Atlanta-area sex worker at La Quinta Inn Monday came to the same conclusion: "Who cares about prostitutes?"

Ricky Lewis, 26, and Martavian Jackson, 21, faced possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, pointing a gun, battery with physical harm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery charges during a Thursday morning hearing. Lewis faced an additional aggravated assault charge.

Both men's conspiracy to commit armed robbery, pointing a gun and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime charges were later dropped.

Police were pursuing the fleeing men when another officer was flagged down at the 3201 Macon Road business at 1 a.m., according to court testimony.

The officer circled around to a nearby McDonald's in hopes of catching the suspects. His bet paid off — he found Lewis huddled near the restaurant's dumpster, he told the court.

Lewis led police back to a La Quinta Inn room, where they found 20-year-old Taylor Bates, a sex worker based out of Decatur.

Bates told officers she was hired by a client for $85. While waiting in the hotel room, Lewis and Jackson burst in with a firearm. The men demanded her wallet, which only contained $1. They also took her pink cell phone and a knife before punching her and shoving her against the bed, the officer said.

"When they found my wallet, they were like 'That's all you got, b----?' and then they took it," she told the court.

Further investigation revealed the men met earlier to plan the robbery. According to court testimony, Lewis told officers he needed the money, and that he didn't think robbing Bates would matter because "who cares about prostitutes?"

Bates was arrested during the investigation and charged with possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug related objects. Her charges were not addressed during Thursday's hearing.

Judge Michael Joyner set no bonds for Lewis and Jackson during the hearing. Those amounts will be left up to Superior Court.

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