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3 NY men arrested, counterfeit cash recovered after police pursuit

Posted at 5:04 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 17:42:22-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. – Three New York men have been arrested and counterfeit cash has been recovered after a police pursuit in Prince George County Sunday afternoon.

Police were called to investigate fraud at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in the 5200 block of Oaklawn Boulevard at approximately 5:16 p.m.

Officers located the involved vehicle, a 2013 Blue Hyundai Sonata with NY license plates, in the Crossings Shopping Center.

“As an officer arrived on scene, the driver of the suspect vehicle, while attempting to flee the area, crashed into the front of the officer’s police vehicle. As the driver disregarded signal by law-enforcement to stop, a police pursuit was initiated,” said a police spokesperson.

With three people in this car, Prince George officer Alexis Grochmal said the suspects fled at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit entered the City of Colonial Heights where multiple cell phone videos captured the pursuit.

"Colonial Heights Officers tried to keep the roadways open for us and be able to continue to follow that suspect vehicle,” said Grochmal.

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata headed towards Southpark Mall.

"They just kind of kept doing circles around the mall area,” said Grochmal.

With multiple police cars boxing in the suspect vehicle, it was stopped in the parking lot of the Citizens Bank & Trust located in the 400 block of Southpark Boulevard.

All three suspects apprehended without incident.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 21-year-old Jerrold Merriwether. The Two passengers were identified as 21-year-old Zion Millette-Selby and 22-year-old David Mitchell, all of New York State.

Officers also recovered counterfeit cash at the scene.

All three men were charged with fraud and counterfeit offenses. Police say additional charges are expected and the crime remains under investigation.

Anyone with information related to this incident is requested to contact the Prince George Police Department at (804) 733-2773 or Crime Solvers at (804) 733-2777; you can also send your tip using the P3tips app.