CRIME

Trio arrested for attempting to pass $100 counterfeit bills

Staff reports
Ike Cartrell

Three Baton Rouge men were arrested Dec. 22 following a counterfeit investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's uniform patrol division, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala reported.

Deputies responded in the evening to LeBlanc’s Payless on Hwy 42 in Prairieville after being alerted that two individuals were attempting to make two small, separate purchases at different cash registers using counterfeit $100 bills, Bacala said.

After the store manager alerted the cashiers the money was counterfeit, the two fled the scene in a vehicle driven by a with a third person. An alert store employee followed the vehicle and obtained the license plate, Bacala said.

Approximately two hours later deputies received a report of two persons attempting to make another small purchase of merchandise with counterfeit $100 bills at the Dollar General Store on Airline Hwy in Prairieville, according to Bacala, but the individuals fled the scene before deputies arrived.

A short time later the Port Vincent Police Department located and stopped the suspect vehicle in Livingston Parish.

Arrested were Carrell Ike, 24, of 3305 Adams Avenue; Isaac Cornish, 23, of 6019 Beechwood Street, and Derrick Walker, 21, of 4343 Denham Street 806, all from Baton Rouge.  Ike was identified as the driver of the suspect vehicle.

The suspects were transported to the Livingston Parish Jail and arrested on unrelated charges. according to Bacala.

Ascension authorities hold outstanding warrants on the trio and they will face charges for monetary instrument abuse and attempted felony theft by fraud in connection with LeBlanc Payless and Dollar General counterfeit cases.

The suspects will be transported to the Ascension Parish Jail in Donaldsonville following  completion of processing at the Livingston Parish jail.  

Isaac Cornish