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Robbery call ends in prostitution charges

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Lebanon police were in for something a little different this weekend, as conflicting stories and fake identifications took officers on a wild ride that ended with three people arrested on charges related to prostitution.

Officers responded to a robbery call Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Econolodge Motel on South Cumberland Street after the victim, Shawn Anthony Gonsalves, 39 of Cookeville, told dispatch he had been robbed at gunpoint by a black male and a Hispanic female behind the motel. He said the two then fled the scene in a gray Lincoln Town Car going westbound on Interstate 40 from South Cumberland.

Police said they found the suspect vehicle driving westbound on I-40 near South Hartmann Drive. Police then made a felony stop near the 233-mile marker and detained the suspects for further investigation.

The female, Ashley Brooke Kincade, 25, of Indianapolis, Ind., told police she came to Lebanon from Nashville because Gonsalves answered her advertisement from the “Backpages,” a website that advertises a female companion for money. She said she met Gonsalves behind the Knights Inn and got in his car and talked for 30 minutes.

Kincade told officers she took $150 in cash from Gonsalves with the understanding that she did not want to have sex with him, but she said Gonsalves then began making unwanted sexual advances and she got out of his car. She said Gonsalves then grabbed her arm and phone.

According to Kincade, her fiancé, Prince Michael Rudolph, 41, of Chicago, then pulled up and she got into the car with him and they both fled northbound on South Cumberland. She said Gonsalves followed them to Taco Bell, where another confrontation happened.

Kincade told officers she attempted to give Gonsalves his money back, but he refused to talk to her because he was on the phone. She said she and Rudolph then left the area.

Officers said when initially asked, Kincade said her fiancé was John Covington and he was around 42 years old. She told officers she did not know his date of birth or middle name and she had been engaged to him for six months.

Officers said her fiancé was later identified as Rudolph.

Rudolph told officers his name was John Covington and his birthdate was 11-24-71, but officers later found his identity to be Prince Michael Rudolph.

Rudolph told officers he drove Kincade to meet with a person that responded to her “Backpages” ad.

After Kincade left Gonsalves’ vehicle he said he then took her to the rear of Taco Bell and then west on I-40. He said he knew Kincade had taken $150 from the alleged victim. 

When officers stopped Rudolph and Kincade driving on I-40, they found Rudolph to have a suspended license from Illinois.

The robbery victim, Gonsalves, also initially used a fake identification, Jon Autry. 

Gonsalves told officers he was approached by two people asking for directions in the parking lot of the Econolodge. He said while he was talking to the female, a black male came behind him and stuck a gun in his back and asked for his wallet and money. He said he gave the two suspects $150 and a Louis Vuitton wallet.

Officers said upon further investigation they found Gonsalves lied about his vehicle and the incident and gave a false name along with a fake address, date of birth and social security number.

According to officers, Gonsalves met with Kincade in the parking lot of Knights Inn because of her ad in Nashville “Backpages.” Kincade then entered Gonsalves’ vehicle to discuss payment for services and Gonsalves placed $150 on the dash and Kincade took the money.

Officers said Gonsalves got mad after Kincade took the money and his phone and failed to perform any service. Kincade then left Gonsalves’ vehicle and got into Rudolph’s. Before they left, Gonsalves took Kincade’s phone and followed them.

The incident continued in the Econolodge parking lot where both phones were returned, officers said. 

Gonsalves contacted 911 when he did not get his money back and claimed he was robbed.

Officers said Backpages.com contains explicit sexual content and is known for prostitution arrangements.

After Gonsalves replied to the ad, officers said Rudolph took Kincade to render services at the Knights Inn. They said Kincade told Gonsalves the rate was $200, but he only had $150 and she refused to render any services.

Officers said the $150 Kincade received also included a hotel room at the Knights Inn.

Officers said based on Kincade’s advertisement on Backpages.com as well as evidence found in the Lincoln Town Car relating to sexual acts, she was taken into custody. No handgun was found in the car.

Officers said they found several ads placed in various cities in the Southeast that pictured Kincade advertising as an escort. The cities include Nashville, Meridian and Hattiesburg, Miss., Bowling Green, Ky., and Huntsville and Birmingham, Ala. 

Kincade was charged with prostitution, theft and giving a false report. Gonsalves was charged with patronizing prostitution, giving a false report to an officer and criminal impersonation.

Upon search of Kincade at the Wilson County Sheriffs Office, she was found to have 10.5 Vicodin tablets, two hydrocodone tablets, two Xanax pills, three crack cocaine rock-like substances and one rock-like substance found to be heroin.

Rudolph was found to have $1,630 in cash.

Additionally, two cell phones, $151 in cash and the drugs were confiscated and held as evidence.

Kincade was charged additionally with simple possession of schedule I, II, III and IV narcotics.

Rudolph was charged with promoting prostitution, theft of property, criminal impersonation and driving on a revoked license.

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