Three face charges over counterfeit money

Three face charges over counterfeit money

December 7, 2013 

An ongoing investigation into counterfeit money has led to the arrest of two men and a woman, Phenix City police said Friday in a statement.

The suspects were identified as Johnquez Barnes, 21, Marquez Ellison, 26, and Azavria Hayes, 22. Barnes is charged with three counts of possession of a forged instrument and Ellison with two counts of possession of a forged instrument and first-degree forgery. Hayes faces one count of possession of a forced instrument and first-degree forgery.

Police said counterfeit money was seized after a search warrant was executed at 700 22nd Ave., the Central Highland Apartments where all three suspects live.

The cases remain under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division at the police department.

Masked robbers fire gunshot during getaway

A shot was fired Thursday afternoon after two robbers took money from the Waverly Parkway Convenience Store on Fitzpatrick Avenue, Opelika, Ala., police said.

The cashier wasn't injured in the holdup that occurred around 3:35 p.m.

Police said the men wearing masks entered the store and one was armed with a handgun. After demanding money, the robbers took money from the cashier and fled.

Outside the building, the robber with the gun fired a shot in the air, police said. They jumped into a dark colored SUV and headed north on Waverly Parkway.

The robbery remains under investigation. Anyone with information should call the Opelika Police Department Investigative Services Division at 334-705-5220. Calls may also go to the Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665.

-- Ben Wright

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