Three arrested in counterfeit pursuit

Allison B. Hudson

Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Tony Bacala reports the arrests of three Baton Rouge men following a counterfeit investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s uniform patrol division.

On the evening of December 22, deputies responded to Leblanc’s Payless on Highway 42 in Prairieville in reference to two individuals attempting to make two small, separate purchases at different cash registers using counterfeit $100 bills. Upon inspection of the bills the store manager alerted the cashiers the money was counterfeit at which time the two fled the scene in a vehicle with a third unknown individual driving.

An alert store employee followed the vehicle and obtained the license plate number. Deputies then began searching for the suspect vehicle and also disseminated the information to surrounding jurisdictions.

Approximately two hours later deputies received a report of two subjects attempting to make another small purchase of merchandise with counterfeit $100 bills at the Dollar General Store on Airline Highway in Prairieville. The individuals fled the scene prior to deputy’s arrival.

A short time later deputy’s learned that Port Vincent Police Department located and stopped the suspect vehicle in Livingston Parish. The driver was identified as Carrell Ike of Baton Rouge. The other two suspects were identified as Isaac Cornish III and Derrick Walker, also of Baton Rouge.

On December 22, 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, were transported to Livingston Parish jail and arrested on unrelated charges. 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. They will be transported to Ascension Parish jail upon completion of processing at the Livingston Parish jail.