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BRPD: Chase leads to five counterfeiting arrests

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Posted: Dec 1, 2010 4:07 PM by Russell Jones
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department

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BATON ROUGE – A police chase and search involving helicopters and K-9 units ended with five arrests and a counterfeit ring being busted, according to Baton Rouge Police.

This morning officers were called by officials from the Whitney Bank at 3617 S. Sherwood Forest and told two people were trying to cash a fraudulent check. When officers arrived at the bank they arrested the two people trying to cash the check, and said a vehicle with three other people inside fled the scene.

Police pursued the suspects outside the Baton Rouge city limits to the 16000 block of Antioch Blvd., where the three suspects bailed out of the car. One was immediately arrested and the two others caught later after a foot pursuit that included air and K9 support.

Investigators said the five suspects are also believed to have cashed similar fraudulent checks at two other Whitney Banks in the Baton Rouge area.

The two people arrested inside the bank were 32-year-old Willard Knight and 18-year-old Joseph Carney of Baton Rouge. The three people later arrested were identified as 29-year-old Edrick Porter, 30-year-old Robert Jones and 26-year-old Eric Hugan, all of Florida.

Anyone with information on the incident or who may believe that they may have been victims of this counterfeit ring should contact the Baton Rouge Police Forgery Office at (225) 389-3871.

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