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Cops: Reported rape victim actually robber

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police believe a Lilburn woman who reported a rape last week was actually a suspect, using promises of sex so she and a friend could rob the "rapist" with a hammer.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Monday that Shanavia McCall, 22, met the male victim at a bar on Sept. 20, during which time she "led him to believe they were going to have sex." The victim reportedly invited McCall to his apartment on Windscape Village Lane in Norcross.

During her time there, police believe McCall managed to leave a door open or unlocked for 26-year-old friend Anita Ford. The duo then robbed the victim using a hammer and an "electrical device." The exact nature of that device was unclear Monday.

Ford and McCall fled the scene, making out with only the victim's cellphone and a "box of change" worth about $40, Smith said.

All that was a far cry from what the duo originally reported.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched to the scene after McCall and Ford called them there themselves, reporting that McCall had been raped. Summoned back to the apartment, McCall told investigators she had come there to borrow money from the victim and he had begun "forcibly taking off her clothing."

Ford told police she had been waiting in the car before "wondering what was talking so long." She said she finally walked into the apartment and found McCall and the victim in a struggle.

McCall was later arrested and charged with armed robbery, while Ford was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. Gwinnett County Jail records show both women -- each with a number of previous arrests -- are being held without bond.