What initially began as an investigation into a social media rumor about two black men kidnapping a white man has resulted in the arrest of a Macon teacher on a solicitation of sodomy charge.
In a news release posted on Facebook on Thursday, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office said they began looking into a reported kidnapping/carjacking that was rumored to have occurred Wednesday at a CVS Pharmacy. Sheriff’s office investigators said no such incident occurred, but they were working an incident with Christopher Keys, 56, who said he was robbed of his wallet, cellphone and keys by two masked men Tuesday at Regency Inn & Suites in Macon.
“Bibb County Sheriff’s Office received an inquiry about an incident that was circulating around Facebook,” the press release states. “The rumor was about a carjacking and kidnapping. The incident was reported to have occurred on May 20, 2020, at 1615 Forest Hill Drive, CVS Pharmacy.”
“Bibb County Sheriff’s investigators checked into this rumor and found that no such incident occurred at the CVS, and that the carjacking and kidnapping did not happen at all. However, Bibb County investigators are working an incident with this same victim that occurred on May 19, 2020. The incident was reported to the sheriff’s office as a personal armed robbery,” it continued.
“According to the incident report, Bibb County deputies met with Christopher Keys at 4951 Eisenhower Parkway, Regency Inn & Suites in reference to an Armed Robbery. Keys advised that he was at the motel when he heard a knock at his room door. When he opened the door, two masked men, one of whom was armed, robbed him of his wallet, house, truck and work keys, and a cell phone,” the post said.
“Keys was able to get his cell phone back from an unknown individual who brought it to the motel after retrieving it from the nearby Walmart parking lot,” police said in the press release. “Keys stated to deputies that he had responded to an ad on Craigslist. He was to meet a man at the motel in room #111. An investigation revealed that Keys had been a frequent visitor to the Regency Inn & Suites since January. Keys told deputies at the time of the initial report that he did not want this to get out and that he did not want deputies to talk with his relatives. Keys said that he was going to tell his father that he was kidnapped from another location and brought to the motel.”
“Based on information discovered in the course of the investigation, Keys has been arrested and charged with solicitation of sodomy. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the personal robbery reported by Keys,” it added.
The Macon Telegraph reported Keys is listed as a teacher at Tattnall Square Academy, according to the school’s website.
Alyssa Huntt, director of communications and public relations of the academy, told the paper Keys is a former teacher.
“Tattnall Square Academy was only recently made aware of the charges against our former employee, Christopher Keys,” Huntt said in an email to The Telegraph. “We have no comment or information regarding the matter about which he is accused.”