MUSKEGON, MI – A woman jailed for making up a story about a gang rape fled from the sheriff’s custody when she was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a prosecutor.
Leiha Ann-Sue Artman, 26, of Montague has been charged with resisting and obstructing police. She was convicted in 2016 of making up a horrific story about being kidnapped by four men, blindfolded and raped.
She was sentenced to a year in jail, and was placed in a “swift and sure” intensive probation program and then a residential jail alternative program. However, repeated parole violations landed her back in jail.
On Oct. 10, Artman was taken by jail corrections officers to Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus, 1700 Clinton St., to be “treated and examined,” said Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat. He declined to say what Artman’s medical condition was.
“It’s alleged that while at the hospital, she attempted to flee the custody of the deputies who transported her,” Maat said.
She ran out of the emergency room and onto the street pursued by deputies who quickly caught her, Maat said.
Prosecutors are reviewing the possibility of additional charges against Artman, including jail escape, he said.
Artman had gone AWOL from the KPEP residential program for probationers on Oct. 1 and an arrest warrant was issued Oct. 2. She was arrested and returned to jail, court records show.
She previously had been in the “swift and sure” intensive probation program, but repeatedly violated rules, court records show.
Arrest warrants were issued June 20 after Artman used alcohol and cocaine on two separate occasions, on July 18 for failing to submit to substance abuse testing and Sept. 7 for use of cocaine, records show.
Sentencing is pending for fourth violation of probation and second offense absconding.
In March 2016, Artman told authorities that four men abducted her from the driveway of her home, threw her in the trunk of their car and then beat and sexually assaulted her at an unknown location, according to court documents.
Artman’s boyfriend reported to investigating Michigan State Police troopers that two days later he had received text messages demanding money for Artman’s release, documents show. The text messages, which the boyfriend showed troopers, also included photos of Artman gagged and bleeding from her head, according to the documents.
Artman reported that she later was able to call her boyfriend and he picked her up at a location near her home where her abductors dropped her off, according to the documents.
She is charged as a four-time habitual offender in the resisting and obstructing case stemming from the hospital incident. Artman has convictions in 2014 for resisting and obstructing and in 2016 for illegal use of a financial transaction device and false report of a felony.
She also has a 2007 felony breaking and entering conviction when she was a juvenile and a 2015 conviction for larceny out of Oceana County.
Artman’s criminal history increases the potential maximum sentence in the resisting and obstructing case from two years to 15 years.
Sentences are determined by judges based on state guidelines that take into consideration defendants’ criminal histories.