The young women — 19-year-old Megan Wheeler of Allen, Texas, and 22-year-old Kimberly Mills of McDonough, Ga. — were arrested in separate incidents Monday, according to incident reports. Initially, both simply were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The false report charge is a felony.
Each woman made a rape accusation at the Bay County Jail, authorities said. Read ‘Police, deputies charge women with filing false reports’ »
In Mills’ case, deputies said she was making similar accusations before that. A friend said she was kicked out of Sharky’s Beach Club (where she accused a security guard of rape), angrily locked the friend out of their shared hotel room and caused a scene in the hotel as the pair argued about it.
A deputy responded, eventually arrested Mills on a disorderly conduct charge and led her to a patrol car, where she “yelled out, ‘You raped me,’ ” according to an incident report.
After she arrived at the jail, she claimed one of two male security guards who escorted her — a female guard was present, too — also raped her, the deputy wrote. She remained locked up Wednesday on $5,250 bond, according to the jail.
Wheeler, meanwhile, said a Panama City Beach police officer raped her in the back of his patrol car. Police, however, said she wouldn’t consent to an examination and changed her story several times.
Panama City Beach Police Maj. David Humphreys said the false report charge is rare and the agency hasn’t filed one all year. However, if a woman alleges rape after a PCB police officer takes her to the Bay County Jail, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office handles the case.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ruth Corley said that over the last two weeks the agency has arrested five people for providing false information or filing a false report.
Alcohol played a role in several other Spring Break incidents listed in the Sheriff’s Office daily reports, including Tuesday night when deputies said a 19-year-old spring breaker from Alabama reported he might have been robbed but apparently was too drunk to tell. Read ‘Police: Spring breaker too drunk to determine robbery’ »
An off-duty sheriff’s deputy approached the man after watching him stagger into Krystal in Panama City Beach about 10 p.m., according to the BCSO report. The spring breaker said his friends had ditched him and he was trying to get back to his hotel.
Once outside the restaurant, the young man told the deputy he had been robbed by a man at Walmart. He said a man put a “9” to his head, demanded his money, took $100 and ran away.
He then told the deputy he had been robbed near Walgreens, not Walmart. Next, he said it had happened at a gas station.
“It was obvious if something had occurred (he) was too intoxicated to assist in any investigation at this time,” the deputy wrote. “I noted (he) had urinated on himself, and he could hardly stand.”
The deputy told the man there was nothing police could do to help him “due to his extreme level of intoxication,” but that he could contact the Sheriff’s Office once he had sobered up, if he wanted to pursue the matter.