Man risks incriminating himself to report crime

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A man risked incriminating himself to report a crime Sunday morning.

Darrell Brown called police to report that his truck was stolen by a prostitute that he was with in an Augusta hotel, according to an incident report.

Attorneys say the fact that he wasn't arrested shows that some crimes aren't getting the attention some may think they deserve.

"This man probably could be prosecuted for soliciting a prostitute," said Augusta attorney Michael Garrett.

Richmond County investigators didn't want to discuss the case on camera.

They say they didn't arrest Brown because he wasn't caught paying for the prostitute, even though he admitted he was with one at the Quality Inn on Walton Way.

Brown told deputies the prostitute took off with his truck this weekend; it was found in South Augusta Monday morning.

Garrett says based on his professional experience, people don't get a get out of jail free card if deputies don't catch them while they're committing a crime.

"I can't think of too many crimes where I've defended people accused of crimes that police saw them commit. Most of the time it's an after the fact situation," Garrett, said.

He says Brown probably wasn't arrested because solicitation of a prostitute is a misdemeanor and no one was hurt.

When we went to speak with Brown at the home address he gave deputies we found an unlivable house that was destroyed by a fire.

When we reached him on the phone he didn't want to be recorded or go on camera but he said he was very surprised that he wasn't arrested.

Under Georgia law, if someone is convicted of soliciting a prostitute, they could be sentenced for up to 1 year of jail or have to pay a fine of up to $1,000.

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