Police: Woman held against her will after refusing to perform sex acts for money

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INDIANAPOLIS – A man held a woman against her will and threw her to the floor of an east side apartment after she refused to perform sex acts on a friend, police say.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance around 3:42 a.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of North Layman Avenue. There, they met Willie Coleman Phillips outside an apartment. When they entered the apartment, a woman told police that Phillips wasn’t welcome in the home.

She said she’d earlier discussed her financial problems with Phillips—whom she knew as “Rev. Phillips.” She said she was running low on groceries and needed money, the report said. Phillips told her she could make some quick cash if she agreed to “hang out” with his friend.

The woman went with Phillips to his apartment on North Ritter Avenue, where he arranged for her to speak to his friend on the phone. The woman said, “It sounded liked she would be a prostitute” and “hung up the phone” because she “didn’t want any part of that,” the report said.

At that, she said Phillips got angry and told her, “You’re not leaving until you do.” Phillips then threw the woman to the ground and lay on top of her inside his apartment. She tried to get away and find help, but was unable to free herself, the report said. The woman stayed still for about 30 minutes and finally convinced Phillips to go back to her apartment.

Another man called 911 when they returned after noticing that the woman seemed nervous. According to the report, Phillips couldn’t give them a “straight story” about what happened and placed him under arrest for criminal confinement.