East Ridge police have arrested one man and have identified two other suspects in the recent passing of counterfeit money at the Walmart Neighborhood Grocery Store.
According to an affidavit of complaint, officers were dispatched to Walmart on May 16, where the manager told them that three black males had passed counterfeit fifty dollar bills. The bills, the report states, were actually prop money used in motion pictures. The transactions were captured on video surveillance
Investigators shared the investigative file with the Chattanooga Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, which helped verify the names of the suspects caught on video. The suspects passed the same kind of counterfeit bills in Chattanooga, the report states.
Chattanooga investigators identified one of the suspects as Victor Bentley Davis, 18, of a Mission View Avenue address in Chattanooga. Davis was charged with Theft of Property and Criminal Simulation.
Two other suspects, the report states, have been identified. It is unclear if those people are in custody or have been charged.
_ 1058 Landsdell Rd.: Police were dispatched to the address last week on an assault call. According to a police report, when officers arrived they spoke with a woman who said that her boyfriend, Mack Russell, during an argument threw her against a bed and began choking her. The victim said that Russell took her cellphone from her and told her that if she called police that he would kill her. The victim, the report states, was able to get outside the house and had a neighbor a few doors down call law enforcement. The woman, the report states, is six months pregnant. She had visible red marks around her neck. The woman told police that she was going to go to the hospital for an examination. Russell, 26, of a Sunnyside Drive address in Chattanooga, was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault. He is due to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on July 26.
_ 2281 Camp Jordan Parkway: Police were dispatched to the Motel 6 late last Wednesday night in reference to women engaging in prostitution. According to a police report, the complainant said that women were renting rooms for the past few days and only staying in them for a few hours. The complainant also said that men were seen entering the rooms shortly after the women have rented them, then leaving after just a few hours. The report states that officers saw two women leave Room 140 only to return after seeing the officers in their marked patrol cars. One woman, Misty Lee Harden, was found to have a verified warrant out of Hamilton County for Aggravated Prostitution. Harden was subsequently placed into custody and found to have a list of phone numbers containing the names and contact information of “numerous males,” in addition to the names and phone numbers of multiple local motels. Harden was taken to the Hamilton County Jail, the report states.