Police arrested a 20-year-old man at the Renaissance Hotel downtown after he allegedly attempted to use someone else’s credit card number to reserve a hotel room to engage in prostitution.
According to Metro police, the Renaissance alerted them after Kenneth Antwan Cody allegedly tried to reserve an $847 hotel room through Expedia using a computer in the hotel lobby and a fraudulent credit card number. Cody told police he had notified “customers” he was in town and accepting appointments.
Cody, who is from College Park, Ga., is charged with promoting prostitution and fraudulent use of a credit card over $500, and is being held on $60,000 bond. He is set to appear in court on May 25.
Police claim in an arrest warrant that the man’s cell phone contained text messages with local phone numbers detailing prices for sexual services and a picture of Cody’s penis that he’d sent in a text message.
Police said an ad on Backpage.com listing Cody in the adult services section confirmed his story, and at the time of his arrest, Cody had a warrant in Georgia for fraudulent use of a credit card under an alias he used.
He told police he engaged in sexual services to pay bills.