Two arrested on money counterfeiting charges
WOODSTOCK — Police arrested a man and woman Tuesday in connection with counterfeit money discovered at two New Market stores.
According to the criminal complaint, Ahijah Alexis-Danielle Parker, 25, of East Orange, New Jersey, and Talim Rasheed Mack, 18, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, separately entered the Bo’s Xpress convenience store at 163 W. Old Cross Road around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
First, Parker entered the store to buy a Slim Jim and a drink with a counterfeit $20 bill, the criminal complaint alleges. After the store clerk checked the money with a counterfeit marker and told Parker that the money was fake, Parker left the store, the complaint says. Then, the criminal complaint alleges, Mack entered the store to buy a Mountain Dew with a different $20 bill that had not yet been marked. When the clerk told Mack the money was fake, the complaint states, Mack left the store as well.
A witness who was in Bo’s Xpress at the time of the incident said that Mack also tried to make a purchase with a counterfeit $20 bill at the Short Stop where the witness works prior to the attempted purchase at Bo’s Xpress, the complaint states.
While Mack was in Bo’s Xpress, Parker and Lamar Darnell Barnes — who has not been charged in the case — went to the McDonald’s at 171 W. Old Cross Road in New Market, the criminal complaint states. The complaint alleges that there is video footage showing Parker and Barnes making separate purchases of less than $2 with counterfeit $20 bills.
New Market police officer J.D. Collins conducted a traffic stop on the blue sedan that multiple witnesses linked to the crimes, the criminal complaint states. The complaint says Parker and Mack allegedly told the officer that as soon as they learned the money was fake, they each ripped up the bills and left them in the parking lot outside the cars.
Parker also said that she received the bill when she broke a $100 bill at another location that she could not remember, the complaint alleges. The complaint also alleges that Parker told the officer that she gave Mack a $20 from the change she received while they were traveling together.
Both defendants were charged with forging bank notes; Mack was charged with one count and Parker was charged with two. Mack was charged with felony forgery in South Carolina on Oct. 17, and Parker was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery in New Jersey in 2013. Both are being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, and have hearings have been set for today in Shenandoah County General District Court. If convicted, they face up to 10 years imprisonment.